BISMARCK (AP) -- Tax Commissioner Cory Fong says taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota slowed during April, May, and June.

He said taxable sales and purchases fell 3.8 percent, or $118.9 million, from the second quarter of 2008, to just under $3 billion.

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However, Fong said 2008 was a record-setting year for taxable sales and purchases in North Dakota. He said if this year's second-quarter figures are compared to a more typical year, such as 2007, consumer spending is on pace.

Fong also said that nearly every county in the state was dealing with flooding in the second quarter, with many businesses shut down and many consumers not spending at normal levels.