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Published July 20, 2013, 07:51 AM

ND 1st-quarter taxable sales increase slightly

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases increased 1.6 percent during January, February and March when compared to the same three months a year ago.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases increased 1.6 percent during January, February and March when compared to the same three months a year ago.

North Dakota's Tax Department says the state recorded $5.4 billion in taxable sales and purchases during the first quarter.

Commissioner Cory Fong says taxable sales and purchases increased $86.3 million from the first quarter in 2012.

Fong says nine of the North Dakota's 15 economic sectors grew during the first quarter. But he says severe winter weather during the first three months of the year "affected key industry sectors like mining and oil extraction, construction, and transportation and warehousing."

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