East Baton Rouge spending up 6 percent in Feb.

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish increased by 6.2 percent in February compared with a year ago.
Sales tax collection figures released by the city-parish Finance Department on Tuesday show businesses and consumers spent $636.4 million in February.
That compares with $599.1 million in spending in February 2013.
The figures do not include vehicle sales, which are generally examined separately when looking at spending as an economic indicator.
Sales were up in all categories, including food services and drinking establishments, which were up by 5.9 percent from the year before, and retailers, up by nearly 6.2 percent.

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