City sales tax from downtown Phoenix eateries, hotels rise

[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — Most downtown Phoenix shops face tough times: they are weathering the usual summer slowdown with fewer tourists and are worried about the bleak economy.  But there appear to be a few bright spots, a downtown business group says.  City sales tax from downtown restaurants rose 4.1% from April to June compared to the same period in 2007, according to quarterly sales tax figures from the city.  Citywide, restaurants were down 4.7%.  Downtown hotels’ sales tax was up 5.6% during that three-month span, but were down 5.5% in the city as a whole, the figures show.

All of that is good news, said David Roderique, president and CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership.  “Even a flat or minimal increase is great,” given the downturn, he said.  [Note: To read the full blog entry, click here.]

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