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      Taxable retail sales in Wash. state up 5 percent

      OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Department of Revenue says taxable retail sales increased nearly 5 percent in the first three months of the year to more than $27 billion.

      The department said Monday there was an increase of about 19 percent in e-commerce and mail order sales. Auto sales, home furnishings and construction were all up more than 6 percent, compared to the same period last year.

      Taxable retail sales were up nearly 8 percent in Seattle and about 10 percent in Bellevue and Vancouver. Taxable retail sales were up about 5 percent in Spokane.

      Tax revenues support schools, social services, public safety and other government services in Washington.
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