July 27, 2010 |
Taking a puff in California is getting to be a drag, with health concerns and high prices pushing cigarette sales in the most recent fiscal year to their steepest plunge in a decade. Californians bought 8.1% fewer cigarettes in fiscal 2009 — which ended June 30 — than a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the California State Board of Equalization. The steepest previous sales drop was the 11.2% dive in fiscal 1999 from a year earlier. Since peaking in fiscal 1980 with 2.8 billion packs, cigarette sales has tumbled 65.6% to 972 million packs, the state tax board said.
June 14, 1990 |
May brought more than rain. It was also a time for the State Board of Equalization to shower $23.7 million on the county's 29 cities--the latest installment of sales and use tax revenues. The total amount for the county, $24.9 million, included funds earmarked for county agencies. This most recent disbursement was 6% more than the county received last May, and the aggregate cities' figure was 9% higher. But not all the municipalities did better this May than last.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1990
Retail sales in Orange County during the fourth quarter of 1989, the most recent period for which information is available, hit a two-year high--$4.8 billion. That was a 7.1% increase over the previous year's fourth quarter. Overall, 1989 retail sales were 8.3% higher than in 1988. Led by Fountain Valley's 51.4% leap, 23 cities and the unincorporated areas increased sales over 1988's fourth quarter. Three cities had lower totals, and in one, Cypress, the difference was less than 1%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1991
Retail sales in Orange County's cities topped $4.3 billion in 1990's fourth quarter. But this number, recorded during the heavy-buying holiday season, was a decline from the previous fourth quarter, when the total was $4.4 billion. The cities' aggregate 2.7% decrease is actually a little larger because Laguna Niguel's total for the fourth quarter of 1989 was recorded in the unincorporated area whereas the 1990 total, now that Laguna Niguel is a city, added $58.9 million.
September 13, 1991
Newly released figures confirm what shop owners in many parts of the county knew last winter: Retail sales went into a tailspin amid consumer concerns over recession and impending war in the Persian Gulf. Consumers cut back primarily on big-ticket durable goods. Statewide, sales of new cars declined 2.6%; household and home furnishings, 4.4%; lumber and building materials, 10.2%, and household appliances, 6.7%, according to the research division of the State Board of Equalization.