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Beach City Jumps Into 4th Place

Huntington Beach rose to fourth place from sixth among county cities in retail sales for the 1988 second quarter, compared to the first quarter, according to the State Board of Equalization.

The beach city moved past Irvine and Orange in the ranking. Huntington Beach had second-quarter sales of $382.5 million, a 4.7% increase compared to 1988 first-quarter sales of $365.4 million. Sales in Irvine fell 8.2% to $379.5 million from $413.2 million, and sales in Orange rose 2.3% to $379.4 million from $370.7 million.

The top three cities--Anaheim, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa--were unchanged from the previous quarter.

Sales in the county totaled $5.9 billion in the second quarter, a 7.1% increase from 1987’s second quarter. That increase topped the 5% statewide rise, and the county also recorded stronger sales growth than Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

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SECOND-QUARTER GAINS IN TAXABLE SALES BY COUNTY

(Percentage changes based on year-to-year annual growth)

ORANGE: 7.1%

LOS ANGELES: 5.6%

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RIVERSIDE: 8.6%

SAN BERNARDINO: 8.5%

SAN DIEGO: 6.1%

SAN FRANCISCO: 0.9%

STATE TOTAL: 5%

Source: State Board of Equalization

RETAIL SALES BY COMMUNITY

2nd Qtr 1988 Sales 1st Qtr 1988 Sales City (in thousands) (in thousands) Anaheim $721,388 $644,278 Santa Ana 555,881 604,892 Costa Mesa 478,177 456,848 Huntington Beach 382,513 365,408 Irvine 379,518 413,154 Orange 379,401 370,739 Fullerton 288,590 262,005 Garden Grove 262,960 276,987 Newport Beach 234,502 220,450 Buena Park 212,680 192,873 Westminster 182,534 163,580 Tustin 138,731 147,649 Brea 121,309 115,537 La Habra 84,538 87,104 Fountain Valley 82,301 82,288 Placentia 57,446 58,918 Cypress 56,490 67,624 Stanton 55,289 52,235 San Clemente 50,340 43,640 Laguna Beach 45,266 36,103 Los Alamitos 45,496 49,753 San Juan Capistrano 41,779 54,667 Yorba Linda 27,061 25,494 Seal Beach 24,756 22,330

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Source: State Board of Equalization


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