Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose by 7 percent in September, a boost aided by one more LSU home football game than was played the same month a year ago.
Sales tax collection figures released Monday by the city-parish Finance Department show businesses and consumers spent $709.6 million in September. That compares with $662.7 million in spending in September 2013.
The figures do not include vehicle sales, which are generally examined separately when looking at spending as an economic indicator.
An expanded Tiger Stadium opened in September, and LSU hosted four home football games during the month, including a matchup with Mississippi State. LSU has had four home games in Tiger Stadium during September only one other time since 2010.
Spending, excluding vehicles, within the Baton Rouge city limits was up 8.4 percent in September to nearly $389.7 million. Spending outside the city limits of Baton Rouge was up by almost 5.5 percent in September to nearly $320 million, despite a tough comparison. In September 2013, the Mall of Louisiana was outside the city limits. The city-parish annexed much of the mall into the Baton Rouge city limits in June.
Vehicle sales tax collections were up 16.4 percent from the year before, reaching $68 million for September.
Overall tax collections for the city-parish, including vehicle sales, were up 7.8 percent in September to nearly $15.6 million.
For the first nine months of the year, spending in the parish, excluding vehicle sales, ran 3 percent ahead of 2013’s pace, to reach about $6.1 billion.
Spending is up 6.3 percent in the Baton Rouge city limits, at $3.3 billion. The total is down 0.6 percent outside the city limits, at $2.8 billion.
Tax collections through September, including vehicle sales, were up 3.1 percent, and totaled more than $133 million.