- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases increased 4.4 percent during January, February and March when compared to the same three months a year ago.

North Dakota’s Tax Department says the state recorded $5.6 billion in taxable sales and purchases during the first quarter.

Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says taxable sales and purchases increased $239 million from the first quarter in 2013.

Rauschenberger says eight of the North Dakota’s 15 economic sectors grew during the first quarter.

The wholesale trade sector showed the most growth in taxable sales and purchases, with the total rising $176 million compared to the first quarter 2013.

Rauschenberger says the retail trade sector is most often a measure of consumer confidence. He says that sector increased by $40 million.

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