More auto sales in Pasco and a higher value of construction projects in Kennewick helped push the cities' taxable retail sales up during April through June.
Pasco's sales, at $223.5 million, were 2.3 percent higher than the same time in 2011, while Kennewick saw an increase of 3.4 percent to $397.5 million, according to data recently released by the state Department of Revenue.
Richland saw a drop of 12.7 percent to $227.2 million, according to the data.
Benton County overall saw a dip of 4.4 percent to $728.4 million in taxable retail sales during the second quarter of this year, when compared to the same time in 2011. Franklin County experienced a 4.3 percent growth to about $271 million.
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In Richland, hotels and motels saw an almost 3 percent drop in taxable retail sales.
Kris Watkins, president and CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau, previously told the Herald that Richland has seen a decrease in hotel occupancy this year with the lower levels of government travel after the end of the federal stimulus dollars.
Construction dropped by almost 36 percent to $27.7 million, according to the state data.
Two apartment complex projects permitted in the second quarter of 2011 were valued at $13.4 million, the difference between second quarter this year and last, according to data from the city of Richland. There weren't comparable projects between April and June of this year.
The two projects were 30 units at Canyon Crest Apartments, 785 Canyon St., and 132 units at Regency Park Apartments, 3003 Queensgate Drive.
But Rick Simon, Richland's development services manager, said the city's permitting value for construction projects is about the same as it was last year. As of the end of June, the city had issued permits for projects worth $43.9 million, compared to the $42.6 million issued during the same time last year.
Kennewick saw 7.5 percent growth in construction projects between April and May, to $32.2 million in taxable retail sales. Kennewick's auto sales were up by 3.6 percent and professional, scientific and technical services jumped up by 106 percent in second quarter.
Pasco's auto sales increased 78 percent to $35.6 million in taxable retail sales. Construction dropped by about 4 percent to $24.8 million worth of building projects.
For area counties: Adams County, a 10.9 percent drop to $60.4 million in taxable retail sales; Columbia County, a 16.5 percent drop to $11.8 million; Grant County, a 20.5 percent gain to $422.1 million; Walla Walla County, a 8.3 percent gain to $189.8 million; and Yakima County, a 9 percent growth to $742.9 million.