The number of contracts to purchase previously owned homes in the U.S. increased for a second month, a sign the housing market is beginning to stabilize.
July sales tax collections this year topped last year by 2.2 percent overall.
Toyota says its U.S. sales rose 20 percent last month from June, as the Japanese automaker that has been battered by recalls continues to draw customers.
General Motors Co. says its U.S. July sales rose slightly from June, an indication that uneasy consumers are still spending on big-ticket items such as cars and trucks.
The upward trend for sales tax collections across the state continues.