Issue 17-78: Retail Sales

July 21, 2017

British Columbia’s retailers saw a 2.6% increase in sales in May, reflecting improved sales at the province’s new car dealers, as well as (to a lesser extent) building materials, and garden equipment and supplies dealers.

Nationally, retail activity rose slightly (+0.6%) for the third month in a row, mainly due to increased sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers (+2.4%). Sales also rose at food and beverage stores (+0.9%), and electronic and appliance stores (+1.2%). Retail sales were up in eight provinces, with B.C. registering the most substantial increase, followed by Alberta (+1.6%) and New Brunswick (+1.2%).

Source: Statistics Canada