North Dakota’s taxable sales showed a slight increase in the third quarter of 2017.
Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said for July, August and September, taxable sales were more than $4.7 billion. That’s a 2.3 percent increase over those same months in 2016.
Rauschenberger attributes the increase to oil production in western North Dakota.
"Oil prices started coming back up," Rauschenberger said. "We had strong oil production."
Rauschenberger said the oil sector was up 80 percent compared to 2016.