Sales up 8.4 percent in ’05 |

Sales up 8.4 percent in ’05

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen retailers are reporting a jump in business for the first half of 2005. With the first six months of the year in the books, sales are up 8.4 percent, according to the city’s Finance Department.June sales alone were up 13.7 percent, helping boost total sales for the year to $218.5 million for the first half of 2005.Tourist accommodations pushed up the June total, posting a 30.6 percent increase over the same month a year ago. Restaurant/bar business – the second largest overall category – was up 4.4 percent in June.For the year, tourist accommodations are up 12 percent and restaurant/bar business is down 0.6 percent through June, based on sales tax collections.Also posting gains for the month of June were liquor stores, up 19 percent; utilities, up 11.4 percent; general retail, up 17.8 percent; and specialty retail, up 8.7 percent.Sports equipment/clothing sales slipped 0.4 percent for the month, while clothing sales dipped 2.8 percent.

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