Retail sales activity up 10% locally
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Jan. 20, 2006 -- Sales tax figures show Hopkins County to continue on an upward trend, based on January reports from the State Comptroller's office.

The report is for retail sales taxes collected in November and reported to the state in December.

Overall, cities in the county collected $307.345.97, an increase of more than 10 percent from the same time one year ago, when growth from the previous year was also up more than 10 percent.

Como was again the growth leader, percentage-wise in the county with an increase of 64.8 percent from a year ago. Sales tax money returned to the community totaled $1,103.25.

Cumby continued with a more than 50 percent increase in retail activity to generate $4,200 for the community. A part of the increase over the previous year in Cumby is due to the implementation of an additional half-cent to the sales tax rate to make the total rate 1.5 percent.

Sulphur Springs' check for $299,523 is up 9.7 percent from a year ago, when the city collected just more than $273,000.

Growth of more than 11 percent was reported for Mount Pleasant, where sales tax receipts amounted to $348,534.

Mount Vernon started the new year off with an increase of more than $9,000 over last year. The almost 37 percent increase resulted in a check for more than $44,782.

Reports for Paris show a slight slowing in retail activity with an increase of only 4.6 percent and a tax rebate of $458,848.

Winnsboro checked in with an increase of more than 33 percent while Commerce saw an increase of 7.6 percent in retail activity.

Yantis again was in the spotlight for increases with a check for $1,633, up 155.8 percent from last year.

Greenville and Quitman both posted negative numbers in the January report. Greenville saw a drop of 2 percent in retail sales while Quitman was down just more than o.4 percent.

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