Issue 16-50: Retail Sales

March 22, 2016

Sales by retailers in the province rose 2.3% (seasonally adjusted) in January, following a somewhat disappointing performance in December (-1.9%). Retail sales were similarly robust in several other provinces, including Ontario (+2.8%) and Quebec (+2.9%). The national increase was 2.1%, and only Alberta (-0.2%) and P.E.I. (-0.1%) saw sales decline. Strong retail sales in January are often buoyed by gift card redemptions leftover from the holiday season.

Data Source: Statistics Canada