Andal Announces Estimated 1999 Taxable Sales - Fourth Quarter - News Release - 2000

NR# 23-A
Date: March 24, 2000
Customer and Taxpayer Services Division

Andal Announces Estimated 1999 Taxable Sales - Fourth Quarter

Preliminary statewide calculations for the fourth quarter 1999 taxable sales show a substantial gain over the actual figures for the same quarter a year ago, announced Dean Andal, Chairman, State Board of Equalization.

Andal estimated that California businesses completed approximately $106.6 billion in transactions subject to the sales and use tax during 1999's fourth quarter--an increase of about 10.7 percent over the fourth quarter 1998 final total of $96.4 billion.

Recent taxable sales and their year-to-year increases are shown below:

  1st Qtr. 2st Qtr. 3st Qtr. 4th Qtr.
Taxable Sales (millions)
1996 73,430 80,867 80,965 85,815
1997 77,085 84,956 86,574 92,476
1998 81,160 89,961 91,374 96,364
1999 87,200 98,056 100,390 (est.) 106,635 (est.)
Year-to-Year Increase
1996 8.8% 7.0% 5.7% 5.6%
1997 5.1 5.2 7.1 7.8
1998 5.3 5.9 5.5 4.2
1999 7.4 9.0 9.9 (est.) 10.7 (est.)

The growth in fourth quarter sales figures marked the fourth consecutive quarter of very strong growth. Taxable sales growth for calendar year 1999 is estimatedto be 9.3%. This is the largest growth since 1984.

It is important to note that these fourth quarter 1999 figures are preliminary, based on raw sales tax receipts tabulated before adjustments for any late tax returns. Figures for cities and counties will not be available for another two months.

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