DALLAS - Sales tax revenue collected by Texas in March increased 7.4% from a year earlier to $1.6 billion, despite declines in some of the largest cities in the state.

A 10.2% gain in Irving, a 9% increase in Beaumont, and a 15.6% rise in Tyler among other sales tax revenue gains elsewhere in the state during the month offset a 2.1% decrease in Dallas and a 0.24% drop in Houston. Still, the overall increase points to a strong and expanding economy in the Lone Star state.

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