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Morning Buzz — Oct. 28, 2009
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Fredericksburg has taken the biggest hit in taxable sales in recent years, as Bill Freehling points out in today’s business section. You should also check out the data Freehling has posted on his blog, tracking taxable sales in the area back to 2006. These data show that in the third quarter of 2008, Stafford County overtook Fredericksburg in taxable sales for the first time. The article states:
The city of Fredericksburg has been the hardest-hit area locality, due largely to the buildup of shopping centers in Stafford and Spotsylvania that compete with Central Park. The city’s $197 million in second-quarter 2009 taxable sales is a decline of 24.8 percent from 2006, 20.7 percent from 2007 and 10 percent from 2008.
Stafford’s overall taxable sales during the second quarter were about flat from the same period in 2008, while Spotsylvania’s declined just 3.1 percent.
Downtown planners and developers are converging on Fredericksburg today and tomorrow for the annual Virginia Downtown Development Association meeting, which is being hosted at the Courtyard by Marriott. Read more here.