October retail sales slow, but better than 2003 | AspenTimes.com

October retail sales slow, but better than 2003

Naomi Havlen

It was a quiet October for retail sales in Aspen, just as city officials say it should be during the heart of the offseason.Still, sales tax collections during the month of October were 6.8 percent up from the same month a year ago, according to a report from the city’s finance office. As a whole, Aspen’s total sales tax collections for this year are 7.4 percent ahead of where they were last year at this time.The quiet October followed a busy September, with special events bringing visitors to town to take part in Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Festival, Ruggerfest and Aspen Filmfest. Events dwindled in October, with few events bringing in out-of-towners other than the first of three weekends of the Aspen Junior Hockey Fall Face-Off. The other two weekends of the tournament were in November.Restaurants and bars outsold local lodges in October, with total sales during the month of $3,221,006 – a 4.6 percent increase from October 2003. Tourist accommodations brought in $3,160,455 during the month, a 0.3 percent decrease from the previous year.Together, accommodations, restaurants and bars made up just more than 35 percent of total monthly retail sales for the month, and almost 50 percent of retail sales for the first 10 months of the year.Gallery art sales were $100,245, up 130.9 percent compared to October 2003. That figure accounts for 0.6 percent of overall sales for the year so far.Sales of T-shirts were down 26 percent, clothing was down 1.3 percent, and liquor store sales were up 0.6 percent.October sales totaled $18,013,070, and sales for the first 10 months of the year totaled $327,654,030, according to the city’s report.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com