Issue 16-143: Retail Sales

July 22, 2016

British Columbia’s retailers registered a slight (+0.1%, seasonally adjusted) increase in sales in May, reflecting improved sales at the province’s gasoline stations and beer, wine and liquor stores.

Nationally, retail activity inched up 0.2% partly due to a decline at food and beverage stores (+2.1%). Higher prices at the pump also resulted in stronger sales at gasoline stations (+2.3%). Sales were up in six provinces with the most substantial increases being registered in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador (each up +1.0%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada