Aspen retailers have big July, up 9 percent |

Aspen retailers have big July, up 9 percent

Aspen retailers in July hauled in $83 million, putting them 9 percent ahead of the same month in 2017, according to the city of Aspen’s monthly sales tax consumption report that was issued Monday.

Fueled by the $23.2 million generated by the accommodations industry, the July figures also helped put Aspen retailers 6 percent ahead for the first 7 months of the year compared with January-through-July of 2017. Retailers have rung up $459 million through July, according to the report.

In addition to accommodations, other Aspen retail sectors posted the following figures in July, which the city says accounts for roughly 10.5 percent of its total sales tax collections.

• Restaurants/bars — $17.1 million, up 1 percent from July 2017

• Sports equipment/clothing —$3.9 million, down 1 percent

• Clothing — $8.5 million, up 10 percent

• Food/drug — $6.5 million, up 1 percent

• Liquor — $1.2 million, up 2 percent

• Miscellaneous — $6.1 million, up 16 percent

• Construction — $4.5 million, up 29 percent

• Luxury goods — $4.2 million, up 14 percent

• Utilities — $4.2 million, up 46 percent

• Automobile — $2.5 million, up 43 percent

• Marijuana — $1.1 million, down 11 percent

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