January sales up 3.3 percent | AspenTimes.com

January sales up 3.3 percent

Aspen’s January sales bested the first month of 2004 by just 3.3 percent, but then, last year’s January was hardly a slack month.

January receipts totaled $46.8 million this year, compared to $45.3 million for the same month a year ago, according to figures released today by the city’s Finance Department.

In the first month of 2005, lodging sales were up 4 percent compared to January 2004 and restaurant/bar business was up about 3 percent. Together, the two categories made up slightly more than half of the overall sales for the month.

Among other large categories, clothing store sales were about 15 percent and sports equipment/clothing sales climbed 7.3 percent.

Utilities were down 15.2 percent, reflecting a far warmer January than Aspen experienced a year ago.

General retail sales, including such items as hardware and appliances, were up 24.4 percent; specialty retail sales ” gifts, books, antiques, luggage and the like ” were up about 2 percent.

Food and drug sales climbed 3.6 percent for the month and liquor store receipts were up about 7 percent.

Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com

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