Corporate results come and go, but I thought the report from Dillard’s this morning on December sales was of a piece with state tax reporting yesterday that, stripped of estimated income tax payments, showed modest gains, but not stunning jumps, in such areas as taxes on retail sales.

Dillard’s reports sales up 4 percent at comparable stores for both the Christmas shopping period and the 48-week period ending Jan. 1. That mirrors the 4 percent rise the state as a whole saw, according to what a state economist told me yesterday.


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