Posted: Jul 21, 2012 11:42 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Jul 21, 2012 3:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Retail spending in East Baton Rouge Parish rose 13 percent in May, according to figures the city-parish Finance Department.
The Advocate reports consumers and businesses spent $700 million in May, compared to $617.1 million in the same month of 2011. The figures do not include vehicle sales.
Mayor-President Kip Holden's office said spending got a boost from the two-day Bayou Country Superfest and the five-month bowling tournament.
For the year, retail spending in the parish is up 9 percent to $3.31 billion.