Whatcom County retail sales on the rebound

The Bellingham Herald reported today that retail spending in Whatcom County stores is nearly back to pre-recession  levels, and it appears Canadian shoppers are a big reason for the rebound.

Overall Whatcom County retail sales in the first quarter of 2011 totaled  $657.7 million, a 3.6 percent increase compared to the same period in 2010,  according to data released by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

Whatcom’s increase was higher than the state average of 1.5 percent.  Bellingham had a particularly strong increase in overall retail sales, rising  6.9 percent to $446.4 million.

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