The City of Palmdale collected $3.8 million in gross sales tax receipts during the second quarter, an 8.75 percent increase over a year ago.

This was the sixth straight quarter of increased sales tax revenue collections after a three year period of decline during the recession, city officials said.

“With Palmdale being the shopping destination of the entire high desert, as consumers begin to spend more on retail goods, dining out and big ticket items such as automobiles, the city and our residents benefit from the increase in sales tax revenue as these monies help fund city programs and services,” said City Manager Steve Williams.

In the period of April 1 through June 30, the city brought in gross receipts of $3.8 million. For the same period in 2010, the city brought in gross receipts of $3.5 million, for an increase of more than $307,000.

For the current calendar year, the city has brought in $7.4 million in sales tax dollars. For the 2010/2011 fiscal year, which ended June 30, the city collected $14.8 million in sales tax revenues.

The city has experienced an uptick in businesses activity, starting with the opening last September of the Macy’ store at the Antelope Valley Mall. Restaurants Fresco II and Panera Bread have opened since then as has the Palmdale Regional Medical Center.

Upscale restaurant, The Yard House, opened its Palmdale location in July so third quarter numbers will reflect sales there.