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After bleak September, October retail sales continue slide in Charlottesville
The Daily Progress Friday, January 05, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.
After recording a 4 percent year-to-year decline through the first three quarters of 2017, Charlottesville retail sales continued to fall in October, one month after a precipitous drop that stirred the City Council to suspend a parking meter pilot program for downtown.
 
According to updated sales tax figures from the Virginia Department of Taxation, retail sales in the city in October declined by 6 percent, as compared with October 2016. In September, monthly retail sales declined by 12 percent, or $14 million, as compared with the previous September.
 
Timothy Hulbert, president of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, said Friday that October sales declined by about $6.6 million.

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