Taxable sales increase for 9th straight quarter

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For the ninth straight quarter, the state's taxable sales numbers increased. What makes this report is that all the six largest cities in North Dakota had some form of growth. Dickinson led the way at 12 percent, Grand Forks had modest growth at point 6 percent.

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says the Wayfair decision last year led to about $18 million more in online sales taxes.

“You look at the fact that 12 out of 15 sectors have grown, it's indicative that we are seeing growth, not just in the retail sector because of online sales tax, but we are seeing genuine growth throughout the economy of North Dakota,” said Rauschenberger.

Rauschenberger says he expects the next report to still show some growth because of oil production, but not as high because of the weather effect on farms and low ag commodity prices.