September shows 10 percent boost for Aspen retailers |

September shows 10 percent boost for Aspen retailers

Retailers in Aspen posted a 10 percent gain in total sales in September compared to September 2015, according to a report released this week by the city’s Finance Department.

Eight of the city’s 12 industries included in the report showed positive gains in September compared to the same month last year. Three showed losses, while one remained flat in a month that generated $54.5 million in revenue.

Here’s a breakdown:

• Hotels and lodges — $13.8 million, up 25 percent

• Restaurants and bars — $9.9 million, up 13 percent

• Sports equipment and clothing — $2.7 million, up 15 percent

• Clothing — $4.1 million, down 6 percent

• Food and drug — $4.5 million, up 8 percent

• Liquor and marijuana — $1.6 million, up 11 percent

• General retails — $2.2 million, up 7 percent

• Construction — $6.3 million, down 4 percent

• Luxury goods — $1.9 million, up 8 percent

• Utilities — $3 million, down 8 percent

• Automobile — $2.2 million, up 43 percent

• Miscellaneous — $2.3 million, no change

From January through September, Aspen retailers have netted $546 million in sales, good enough for a 6 percent improvement over the same period last year.

The city has collected $11.5 million in sales taxes for the first nine months of the year, a 12 percent improvement over January through September of 2015, the report shows.

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