New numbers are out showing the strong impact that some new retail development has had on sales tax revenues in Vermilion County. Vicki Haugen, President of Vermilion Advantage, says Apparel sales during the first quarter of 2014 were up over 40-percent compared to last year. General Merchandise Sales also showed a very strong performance…up over 18.5 percent in Vermilion County, and nearly 20-percent in Danville.
Other numbers from the first quarter show that drinking and eating sales in Danville were up 5-percent, and lumber and hardware sales were up 7-percent. And county-wide sales in the Automotive and Filling Stations category increased almost 8-percent.
Apparel sales in Vermilion County totaled just over $2.2 million dollars during the first quarter of 2014, up from nearly $1.6 million dollars during that period a year ago. General Merchandise Sales in Vermilion County during the first quarter this year totaled nearly $32.9 million dollars, compared to $28.7 million dollars during the first quarter of 2013.
Other numbers show automotive and filling station sales in the first quarter of 2014 totaled $52.1 million dollars in Vermilion County, compared to $48.4 million dollars in the first quarter of 2013.
Vermilion County retail sales outpaced the State of Illinois number during this year’s first quarter. The total Vermilion County retail sales were up by 2.9 percent (at $189,896,764) compared to total State of Illinois retail sales which rose 1.8 percent.