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Nevada taxable sales continued to increase in June

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taxable sales in Nevada rose for a 24th consecutive month in June amid utility rate increases and higher sales of vehicles and durable goods.

Statewide gross revenue from sales and use taxes totaled $302 million in June, up 6 percent from June 2011, the Nevada Department of Taxation reported Wednesday.

The portion of those revenues for the state General Fund totaled more than $79 million, up 5.4 percent from a year earlier.

Other tax revenues were down: The state modified business tax brought in $90.7 million through the quarter that ended in June, a decrease of 3.7 percent compared with the second quarter of 2011.

Excise taxes — on liquor, cigarettes, tobacco products and live entertainment — totaled $111.1 million in June, down 0.1 percent from June 2011.

The department reported a large increase in sales tax revenue from utilities, up 214.5 percent in June compared to a year earlier. Las Vegas-area water customers are paying higher rates following a recent price hike.

Taxable sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers were up 17.4 percent. Taxable sales of durable goods, such as appliances, increased 16.3 percent.

Other taxable sales increases were recorded in accommodations, up 19.2 percent; furniture and home furnishings, up 5.7 percent; construction, up 7.3 percent; food and beverages, up 4.1 percent; and clothing and accessories, up 6.7 percent.

Thirteen of Nevada's 17 counties reported year-over-year taxable sales increases, with decreases in Eureka, Lyon, Pershing and White Pine counties. Taxable sales rose 8.9 percent in Clark County and 3 percent in Washoe County.

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