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Retail spending rises 1.6% in East Baton Rouge Parish in September; up from last year


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose by 1.6 percent in September, the fourth month in a row where economic activity was higher than the year before.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1QQfLEL) that the city-parish Finance Department released figures Wednesday that show businesses and consumers spent $720.7 million in September — not including vehicle sales. That compares with $709.6 million in Sept. 2014.

Spending by category was mixed. Spending on services was up 8.8 percent from Sept. 2014 and retail sales increased by 2.2 percent. Manufacturing spending was down 7.5 percent.

Overall tax collections for the city-parish, which include vehicle sales, were up 1.6 percent in September to $15.8 million.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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