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Taxable sales over September and October 2012 were not exactly stellar. Interestingly: based on the reported sales to the Idaho Tax Commission (both taxed and non-taxed), the sales from November 2011 through October 2012 is still up 11% from the previous 12 months – figure 2. So what happened?

A closer look at the sector sales in September and October shows that the restaurant sales dropped from $5 million in Sep/Oct 2010 to only $3 million in Sep/Oct 2012. Since restaurant sales is all taxable sales, it almost single-handedly accounts for the unexpected decline in those months. More details and data can be found at

So why did we stop eating out? Were we so engrossed with the elections?
Let’s hope we resume our merry ways…

 December 6, 2012