Privatized liquor sales is translating into more revenue for the State of Washington.
The state's Department of Revenue says sales are up almost three percent over 2011 since the new law went into effect four months ago..
Sales have increased despite increased retail costs.
Department of Revenue spokesman Mike Gowrylow says its a direct result of more stores offering more liquor.
Gowyrlow says tax revenues surged slightly from 79-million dollars in 2011 to 90-million dollars during the four month period this year.
Revenue specialists say bars and restaurants saw a 7.9-percent jump in spirit sales despite spending 12.9-percent less on liquor inventory.
Private liquor sales went into effect June 1 after voters approved an initiative kicking the state out of the liquor business.