Issue 16-121: Retail Sales

June 22, 2016

Retail sales in B.C. climbed 2.4% to $6.2 billion (seasonally adjusted) between March and April, more than reversing a 1.1% decline recorded in the previous month. Compared to April of last year, retail activity in the province was up even more notably (+7.9%).

Nationally, retail sales were up slightly in April (+0.9% to $44.3 billion), partly due to a significant (+6.0%) increase at gas stations. With the exception of Manitoba (-0.9%), every province registered a boost in retail activity, the highest of which was seen in New Brunswick (+3.1%). In dollar terms, B.C.’s increase was the largest in the country.

Data Source: Statistics Canada