By Justin Lofton

Staff Writer

As February’s national retail sales rose in 4.5 percent, Ada’s retail sales saw a jump of 7.3 percent from 2009. 

The jump equates to $1,280,305 in tax revenue deposited for the city by the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

“Total sales for the Dec. 2009 through Feb. 2010 period were up 4.5 percent from the same period a year ago,” a release from the United States Census Bureau said.  “Gasoline stations sales were up 24.0 percent from February 2009 and nonstore retailers sales were up 11.8 percent from last year.”

Mike Southard of the Ada Jobs Foundation said he’s encouraged by the jump in retail sales.

“Hopefully, it’s a sign of better things to come,” he said.

United States retail and food service sales for February 2010 jumped 0.3 percent above January’s sales, the Census Bureau release said.

“Everything else seems to be looking up,” Southard said.

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