Spending slips in East Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - Business and consumer spending in East Baton Rouge Parish fell by 1 percent in March and is down 2 percent for the first quarter, city-parish figures show.
The Advocate reports that retail sales tax collections indicate spending - excluding vehicle sales - totaled $708.5 million in March, compared with $716.3 million in the same month of 2012.
The figures are up against year-ago numbers that were buoyed by the national bowling convention, which boosted key segments from February through July of last year.
Most of the decline was within the city limits, where spending fell 4 percent.