Retail sales up in BV Co.

Retail sales in Buena Vista County and Storm Lake have increased 1.4% and 1.3%, respectively, from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017.

Iowa Department of Revenue reported sales in Buena Vista County were $44.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, 1.4% more than the first-quarter of 2016, which tallied $43.7 million.

Retail sales in Storm Lake accounted for 86% of sales in Buena Vista County for both years. Storm Lake had $37.9 million in retail sales in the first quarter of 2017, 1.3% higher than last year’s mark of $37.5 million.

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