San Diego -
Data released Friday shows California consumers are spending more money, which is a positive sign for economic growth.
10News found that San Diegans are spending money again as well, including buying items such as new cars.
"We have a car right now but it's starting to break down," said South Bay resident Kaitlyn Marines.
She and her sister Alysson were out with their parents on Friday in El Cajon shopping for a new Toyota. The sisters figure they will spend less in the long run if they buy new.
"We feel like it costs more to repair it, so we just decided to buy a new one," said Kaitlyn.
They are not alone. According to new numbers out Friday from the State Board of Equalization, Californians are spending money – a lot of money – on taxable items such as new cars, gasoline, general goods from big box stores and dining out.
In the second quarter of 2011, San Diego County had more than $11 billion in taxable sales. That is 8.8 percent up from the previous year.
The city of the San Diego had nearly $5 billion in taxable sales, which translates to a 10.7 percent increase from the year before.
Other cities in the county with the highest taxable sales were Escondido at $596 million, Carlsbad at $593 million, Chula Vista also at $593 million and El Cajon at $440 million.
"I believe it," said shopper Carl Tillander. "I see a lot of new cars driving around."
Tillander himself is driving one of them.
"Well, my old car had 140,000 miles on it," he told 10News from the parking lot of Grossmont Shopping Center in La Mesa. He added that he paid cash for it.
Other shoppers in La Mesa are spending as well.
"I've been buying more stuff for school and stuff like that," said shopper Victoria Stanton. "But I've noticed prices have gone up."
Sean Sarant just built a new house and said he has been filling it with new appliances. He said spending now is worth it in the long run.
"To me, it's like an investment," Sarant told 10News. "If not, you're going to just waste it on something else."