- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s taxable sales and purchases increased more than 11 percent during April, May and June when compared to the same three months a year ago.

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says North Dakota recorded about $7 billion in taxable sales and purchases during the second quarter. That’s up more than $716 million from the second quarter in 2013.

Rauschenberger says it was the largest quarterly increase in nearly two years.

Rauschenberger says the growth shows the state’s economy and consumer confidence remain strong in North Dakota.

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