Manhattan’s sales tax receipts were off nearly 7 percent in March, according to figures released Monday by Bernie Hayen, city treasurer.
The numbers reflect sales in January due to a lag in reporting and disbursement by the state.
Total sales tax revenues reported for March totaled $813,574, a decrease of 6.9 percent from the same month in 2013 – when the city collected $874,400.
This year’s total continued a trend, as the March 2012 figure was $892,087.
Hayen offered the most obvious reason for this year’s decline.
“Blame the cold weather,” he said of the dip in sales.