Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish increased by less than 1 percent in November.
Sales tax collection figures released by the city-parish Finance Department show businesses and consumers spent $660 million in November. That compares with $655.6 million in spending in November 2013.
The figures do not include vehicle sales, which are generally examined separately when looking at spending as an economic indicator.
Spending, excluding vehicles, within the Baton Rouge city limits was up 5.8 percent in November to $370.9 million. But spending outside the city limits of Baton Rouge was down by 5.2 percent in November to nearly $289.1 million.
The city-parish annexed much of the Mall of Louisiana into the Baton Rouge city limits in June.
Vehicle sales tax collections were down 1.9 percent from the year before, reaching nearly $50.8 million for November.
Overall tax collections for the city-parish, including vehicle sales, were up 0.5 percent in November to reach $14.2 million.
For the first 11 months of the year, spending in the parish, excluding vehicle sales, is $7.4 billion, 2.9 percent ahead of 2013’s pace.
Spending is up 6.5 percent in the Baton Rouge city limits, at nearly $4.1 billion. The total is down 1.2 percent outside the city limits, at $3.3 billion.
Tax collections through November, including vehicle sales, were up nearly 3.1 percent, and totaled $162.7 million.
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