2014 first quarter sales, January through March recorded for Barre City and Barre Town show an increase of 17.5 million dollars representing more than 14% increase over 2013. These figures are 5.6% greater for Washington County and the remainder of the State of Vermont .
Preliminary data for the 2nd quarter of the year, another increase of more than $17 million occurred which represented a 11.5% increase over 2013. The State of Vermont and Washington County showed increases of 10.5% and 12.2% respectively. For the latest month reported, July of 2014, the gross receipts for Barre City and Barre Town were 2% above July of 2013.
Of the totals, retail sales improved slightly in Barre City at about 2% in the first and second quarter, and dramatically in Barre Town, which has about 90% less in retail sales than the City, at more than 20%. The later may be attributable to the opening of a Dollar General Store on Route 302.
The preliminary retail sales figures for the month of July 2014, which could change when updated, show a dramatic rise in sales in Barre City of over $2,000,0000 representing a 23% increase for the prior year. This helped offset a negative 2% in gross receipts for all categories.
The trend for meals receipts were not quite as positive for both quarters, showing an increase in sales of slightly more than 1%, with alcohol sales declining at 1%. The meals and alcohol receipts for Barre Town are not published. The respected gross figures for meals receipts increasing by $126, 670 for the first and second quarters, and alcohol receipts declining by $18,824. In July alone, the first month of the 3rd quarter, meals and alcohol receipts increase significantly. Meals were up 5.36% from the year before, and alcohol sales were up 12%.
“The trend is definitely positive right now for the Barre area, but Barre like everywhere else in Vermont is dependent on a number of economic factors that we cannot control, “ says Mayor Thom Lauzon of Barre City. “Over a longer period, I am optimistic that we will continue to see growth across the board,” he adds.