Retail sales jump 7.4 percent for all of 2013 | Washington State Department of Revenue

Taxable retail sales increased 7.4 percent to $117.1 billion during calendar year 2013 compared to 2012, the Washington State Department of Revenue reported today.

Retail trade, a subset of all sales that excludes non-retail sectors such as construction and services, rose 6.4 percent to $53.7 billion.

Within the retail sector:

  • New and used car sales rose 12.1 percent to $10 billion
  • Building materials, garden equipment and supplies increased 9.6 percent to $5 billion
  • Apparel and accessories grew 4.2 percent to $4.1 billion
  • E-commerce and mail order went up 23.6 percent to $1.7 billion

The construction industry saw large gains as well, with an overall increase of 15.8 percent to $19.3 billion. Building construction drove most of those gains, with a 17.1 percent increase over 2012 taxable sales.

Results for the most populous counties:


Taxable retail sales

Percent change

Retail trade

Percent change


$46.1 billion

7.1 percent

$18.6 billion

5.8 percent


$12.2 billion

10 percent

$6.3 billion

8.9 percent


$11.2 billion

8 percent

$6 billion

7.6 percent


$7.6 billion

6.2 percent

$3.8 billion

6.5 percent


$4.9 billion

9.3 percent

$2.2 billion

8.7 percent

Results for cities with the most sales:


Taxable retail sales

% change

Retail trade

% change


$18.3 billion

6.4 percent

$5.9 billion

6.2 percent


$5.4 billion

7.2 percent

$2.6 billion

2.6 percent


$4.3 billion

5.8 percent

$2.2 billion

4.6 percent


$4.1 billion

5.8 percent

$1.9 billion

4.3 percent


$2.8 billion

8.7 percent

$1.3 billion

11.8 percent

Revenue provides detailed reports of taxable retail sales and retail trade figures by county and city, as well as a breakdown of sales statewide by industry. These files can be found at

Results for all counties and selected cities, including breakdowns of sales by industry sector, are available at

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