Issue 17-34: Wholesale Sales

February 20, 2017

Sales by wholesalers in the province rose again in December (+1.4%), increasing for the third consecutive month, due mostly to gains in the machinery, equipment and supplies, and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors. Nationally, the value of wholesale sales edged up 0.7%, as higher sales in three of the four largest provinces offset weakness in other parts of the country. Sales were up in all subsectors, with the exception of motor vehicles and parts (-2.1%).

Annual Wholesale Sales, 2016

During 2016, the value of wholesale sales in B.C. jumped 7.1%, the strongest growth among the provinces. The increase was well above the national average (+3.1%) and mirrored a decline recorded in neighbouring Alberta (-6.7%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada