Sales nudge higher in Calcasieu - KLFY News 10

Sales nudge higher in Calcasieu


LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 1.8 percent increase in taxable sales over the past 12 months indicates Calcasieu Parish's economy is moving in a positive direction, parish sales tax director John Collins says.
Collins tells The American Press the increase doesn't represent a boom but suggests consumer confidence is returning to southwest Louisiana.
Calcasieu registered $4.6 billion in sales in 2013 compared to $4.5 billion in 2012. With more than $62 billion worth of capital investments coming to southwest Louisiana, Collins expects that to increase further in 2014.
Seven tracked categories showed increased activity: food, apparel, automotive, furniture, building materials, miscellaneous services (hotels, hospitals, rentals) and motor vehicles.
Apparel registered the most significant increase at 13.7 percent.

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