Aspen retail sales slightly off in April |

Aspen retail sales slightly off in April

April’s retail sales in Aspen were slightly down compared with the same month last year, according to the city’s monthly consumption tax report released Thursday.

Businesses collected $21.48 million in April, a decrease of 0.7 percent compared with April 2012’s $21.62 million, the report states.

With most ski areas closing in the first half of the month and the spring offseason getting under way, April is not one of the top sales months in Aspen. Generally, it accounts for between 4 percent and 5 percent of sales during the calendar year, city Finance Director Don Taylor said in a memorandum that accompanied the report.

Retail sectors that showed gains include construction, up 33.4 percent, and automobile sales, which were 29.6 percent higher.

Categories with losses include accommodations (9.7 percent), restaurants and bars (5 percent), sports equipment and clothing (11.9 percent), clothing (32.5 percent), food and drug (9.5 percent), general retail (7.3 percent) and specialty retail (6 percent).

For the first four months of 2013, sales are pacing ahead of the 2012 January-to-April period by 5.1 percent. Businesses reaped $215.3 million, up $10.5 million compared with last year’s $204.8 million.

The city collected $461,687 from its 2.1 percent sales tax in April, a 5 percent increase over April 2012’s $439,695. Aspen government collects an additional 0.3 percent from the recently passed sales tax to assist local schools; the revenue generated by that tax is not included in the monthly report.


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