Issue 19-203 Retail Sales

December 20, 2019

Retail sales in British Columbia dipped 0.9% (seasonally adjusted) in October, following a lacklustre September (-0.2%).

Nationally, retail sales were down 1.2%, due mostly to lower sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. Losses were relatively widespread with six provinces recording decreased retail activity. The largest declines were registered in Ontario (+2.0%) and Nova Scotia (-2.4%).            

Data Source: Statistics Canada