Maybe the "shop at home" message being delivered by members of the Gloucester Board of Supervisors is sinking in.
Shoppers in Gloucester loosened up their wallets and spent $346.4 million at shops, businesses and restaurants in the county in the 2012 budget year, according to figures compiled by the Virginia Department of Taxation.
The retail sales jumped 5 percent in the 2012 budget year over the previous year, figures show.
Retail sales in Gloucester in the 2011 budget year amounted to $329.3 million, according to state figures. That was slightly less than the 2010 budget year amount of $329.8 million, state figures show.
Gloucester County receives back from the state 1 percent of the total sales tax revenue, making it a key component of the county's annual budget.
Whether the surge in spending is related to better economic times and outlooks for local residents, or can be attributed in part to an emphasis on shopping loca,l is unclear.
Whatever the case, the uptick in spending can only be good news for local merchants.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun