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July 23, 2014

In Canada May 2014 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 0.7% from April 2014 to $42.0 billion and increased 4.0% over May 2013.

In Nova Scotia May 2014, retail sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 1.1% from April 2014 to $1.15 billion and increased 0.7% over May 2013. On a year-to-date basis, retail sales increased 2.2% over Jan-May 2013 to $5.7 billion.

Nova Scotia year-to-date unadjusted retail sales increased 2.4% ($121.8 million) in Jan-May 2014 over Jan-May 2013. Large declines were observed in Electronics and Appliance Stores (-$12.2 million) and Building Material and Garden equipment (-$10.5 million). The largest increases were in Gasoline stations up 8.7% ($68.9 million), Motor vehicle and parts dealers up 3.9% ($46.2 million) and Automobile dealers (up 3.7% or $38.9 million).

Canada and the Provinces
Alberta led the provinces in year-to-date (+8.3%) and year over year (6.5%). PEI led in month-over-month (+4.9%) retail sales. Nova Scotia ranked 8th in year-to-date (+2.2%) growth, 9th in year-over-year(+0.7%), and 3rd in month-over-month (1.1%) retail sales.

Statistics Canada Cat. No. 63-005-X
CANSIM 080-0020
Summary Tables S.A. Monthly; U.A. Annual

July 23, 2014

Statistics Canada has released the 2013 results for police-reported crime statistics collected under the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey. This report measures crime numbers, crime rates (per 100,000 residents), crime severity (based on sentencing data) and clearance rates by types of crime. Data are available for Canada, provinces and Census Metropolitan Areas.
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July 22, 2014

In Nova Scotia in April 2014, the three month average number of job vacancies was 4,700, down 200 from a year earlier. In Canada, the number of job vacancies in April 2014 was 227,300, down 7,900 from April 2013. The Job Vacancy Rate (the number of job vacancies or vacant positions on the last business day of the month as a percentage of labour demand) for Nova Scotia in April 2014 was 1.3, level with a year earlier. The lowest job vacancy rate in Canada this month was in Quebec, at 1.2. Nationally, the job vacancy rate for April 2014 was 1.5, down from 1.6 a year earlier.
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July 22, 2014

Nova Scotia's natural gas production edged down in May from 334.8 million cubic metres (mcm) to 328.2 mcm. This was caused by a drop in output from the Deep Panuke field from 233.9 mcm to 197.5 mcm, which was largely offset by rising production from Sable, from 100.9 mcm to 130.7 mcm. In June, Deep Panuke output recovered to 237.0 mcm, its second highest level to date (after January 2014) while Sable output continued to rise to 163.6 mcm, its highest output since April 2012.
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July 22, 2014

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3% in June 2014 on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.1% before seasonal adjustment. The energy index rose 1.6% (mainly due to a large increase in gasoline prices) over the past month, and the food index rose 0.1 percent month to month. The All items less food and energy index increased 0.1% from May 2014, and increased 1.9% over the last 12 months.
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Recent PublicationsLabour Market Monthly
Consumer Price Index
Nova Scotia Economic Indicators - August 2013
Current Economic Environment
Indicators of Prosperity - 2012

Statistics at a Glance(Mouse over items for details)
Building Permits -23.7%
Consumer Price Index +1.8%
CPI (Annual) +1.2%
Debt: GDP 34.8%
Deficit/Surplus: GDP D: 0.5%
Employment Growth 0.0%
Employment Level 447.0
Exports (Domestic) -13.7%
GDP (millions, 2012) 38397
GDP Growth (2012) -0.1%
Income (per capita) $33,934
Manufacturing Shipments 5.3%
Non-res. Investment -6.2%
Population July 1, 2013 940,789
Res. Investment -17.6%
Retail sales -0.3%
Unemployment Rate 8.7%
Wholesale Trade +4.8%

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Thomas Storring
Director of Economics/Statistics
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