Glenwood Springs sales off through April |

Glenwood Springs sales off through April

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Retail sales in the city took another dip in April, and are now down slightly for the year through four months compared to the same period last year, according to the most recent city of Glenwood Springs sales tax report.

Sales were off 2.9 percent in April, the third straight month city sales decreased as compared to the same months last year. For the year to date through April, sales are off by 0.34 percent, according to the April sales tax report.

Retail sales within city limits were also down 4.2 percent in March and 1.3 percent in February, after starting the year 8.3 percent up in January compared to that same month in 2012.

Sales for the year through April were down for general merchandise, furniture and restaurants and bars, but are running ahead of last year in the food, automotive/service stations, apparel/accessories and miscellaneous retail sales sectors.

Also on the plus side in April was the city’s accommodations (lodging) tax, which applies to overnight stays in hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts.

Lodging sales were up 3.4 percent in April, after taking a 2.3 percent dip in March. Through four months, the lodging tax was running 3.7 percent ahead of last year.

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