North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong gestures at a pie chart detailing the distribution of North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases during July, August and September of 2011 during a news ... more 
North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong gestures at a pie chart detailing the distribution of North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases during July, August and September of 2011 during a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at the Kirkwood Ace Hardware store in Bismarck, N.D. The state's taxable sales and purchases jumped 38.6 percent during the quarter, and Fong says numbers for the Christmas shopping season also look strong. (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Dale Wetzel
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 10:00 AM EST