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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 www.valleyedc.org/valley-county-taxable-sales/

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