Issue 20-134: Wholesale Sales

July 17, 2020

After experiencing record declines in April (-14.9%) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C. wholesale sales climbed 3.5% (seasonally adjusted) to $5.5 billion in May. Strong sales in four of the seven subsectors, led by merchant wholesalers of personal and household goods (+16.0%) and building material and supplies (+13.8%), explained much of the increase.

Nationally, wholesalers saw a 5.7% boost in sales with gains in seven provinces, including Ontario (+8.5%) and Quebec (+8.9%), offsetting declines in Saskatchewan (-4.9%), Alberta (-5.1%) and P.E.I.

Data Source: Statistics Canada