Issue 18-166 Retail Sales

September 21, 2018

Retail sales in British Columbia (seasonally adjusted) fell 0.5% in July compared to June, the third consecutive month of decline.

Nationally, retail activity was up 0.3% in July, boosted by increased sales at food and beverage stores (+1.3%) and gasoline stations (+1.9%). Retail sales were up in eight provinces in July, led in dollar terms by Quebec (+0.4). Ontario saw a modest increase in retail sales (0.1%); this was the third consecutive month of growth.

On an unadjusted basis, retail sales in B.C. were up 0.4% compared to July 2017. The largest gains were seen in Clothing and clothing accessories (+9.5%) and Building material and garden equipment and supplies (+8.9%). Off-setting the gains made in other sectors were year-over-year drops in Motor vehicle and parts dealers (-5.2%), Health and personal care stores (-3.0%), and General merchandise stores (-1.0%). Sales at Food and beverage stores were unchanged compared to July 2017. 

Source: Statistics Canada