Texas sales tax revenues of $1.87 billion in October were up almost 16% from October 2010 collections, Comptroller Susan Combs said last week.

“State sales tax revenue has now increased for 19 consecutive months,” Combs said.

She said activity in the business sector, paced by oil and natural gas exploration and production, was responsible for much of the 16% increase from last year.

“Sales tax also grew in the manufacturing industry, as well as consumer sectors such as the restaurant industry and retail trade,” Combs said.

The state will distribute $580.1 million to cities, counties, transit districts, and special purpose taxing districts, an increase of 7.1% from 2010.

Cities will share $388.4 million, up from $367.3 million in October 2010. In the first 10 months of 2011, Texas cities have collected $3.8 billion of sales tax revenues.

Counties will share $35.5 million from October revenues.

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