Issue 16-182: Retail Sales

September 26, 2016

Retail sales in the province bucked the national trend in July as sales climbed 0.9% (seasonally adjusted). Canadian sales stalled for the third straight month, inching down 0.1%. At the national level, slower sales at gas stations (-3.0%) and furniture and home furnishings stores (-1.4%) offset strength in other major industry groups, including clothing and clothing accessories (+1.6%). Retailers in most provinces posted losses. Along with B.C., Quebec (+0.2%), Nova Scotia (+0.6%) and Ontario (+0.8%) were the only provinces to record gains in July.

Data Source: Statistics Canada