Local retail sales grow

HARLINGEN — Sales tax reimbursements for the city were $1.7 million for July, indicating a steady retail growth pattern for businesses.

Most Cameron County cities showed increases for the month, with only San Benito down 4.12 percent, Palm Valley registering a decline of 24.0 percent and Port Isabel down 1.77 percent.

Up the Valley, McAllen continued to suffer a downturn in sales tax collections and showed a 3.02 percent decline from July 2015, according to statistics released yesterday by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

However, elsewhere in Hidalgo County, Edinburg showed a 10.78 percent increase over last year, Mercedes was up 13.98 percent and Weslaco was up 0.57 percent.

In Cameron County, South Padre Island was up 0.79 percent, Los Fresnos showed a sharp increase of 71.28 percent in revenues over last year, La Feria was up 4.31 percent, Los Indios was up 10.10 percent, Laguna Vista was up 10.59 percent, Primera was up 19.56 percent and Rio Hondo was up 14.0 percent.

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