With the current struggling economy, retail sales dropped and many stores posted numbers below expectation for the recent holiday season. (An article in today’s Rocky Mountain News explains more). To research sales rates for cities and counties, visit the Colorado Dept. of Revenue’s website for monthly breakdowns of state sales tax collected in cities and in counties as well as monthly summaries for the sales of building materials, restaurants, automobiles, liquor, and motor fuel. These reports compare not only the sales and taxes for each month, but also compare to past years, providing a statistical picture of the current economic crisis.