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Doug McCann Research and Statistics Officer
Tel: 902-424-2141Email: Douglas.McCann@novascotia.ca

November 23, 2017
RETAIL TRADE, SEPTEMBER 2017

 


In Nova Scotia in September 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) decreased 2.5% from August 2017 to $1.3 billion and increased 5.3% over September 2016. 

In Canada in September 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 0.1% from August 2017 to $49.1 billion and increased 6.2% over September 2016. 

 

Sectors 

 

In Jan-Sep 2017, Nova Scotia unadjusted retail sales increased 8.0%  ($863 million) over Jan-Sep 2016. 

  • Motor vehicle stores:  responsible for  29% of retail sales increased $333.2 million (+11.1%),
  • Gas Stations:              13% of retail sales increased $124.1 million (+9.1%),
  • Building Materials:       7% of retail sales increased $  126.7 million (+17.6%),
  • General merchandise: 11% of retail sales increased $  96.3 million (+7.8%),
  • Health care stores:       8% of retail sales increased $  68.3 million (+8.2%),
  • Food and beverage:   22% of retail sales increased $   57.8 million (+2.4%), 
  • Furniture stores:          2% of retail sales increased $   34.5 million (+15.3%), 
  • Misc. retail:                 2% of retail sales increased $   16.1 million (+7.4%), and
  • Electronic stores:         1% of retail sales increased $   14.2 million (+10.4%).
  • Sporting & Hobby:       2% of retail sales decreased $   0.1 million (-0.1%).
  • Clothing stores:           3% of retail sales declined   $   8.3 million (-2.1%).

 

Canada and the Provinces

Five of 10 provinces reported positive month-over-month (September 2017 vs August 2017) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth. New Brunswick led the way at 2.1%  followed by Newfoundland (+1.8%), Ontario (+0.5%), British Columbia (+0.4%)  and Alberta (+0.3%). Prince Edward Island (-1.5%), Manitoba (-1.0%), Quebec (-0.5%), and Saskatchewan (-0.8%) all reported negative growth.  Nova Scotia ranked 10th at -2.5%.  Canada reported growth at +0.1%. 

All provinces reported positive year-over year (Sep 2017 over Sep 2016) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth.  New Brunswick led the way at +10.9%.  The other provinces reported single-digit growth between 2.4% and 9.8%. Nova Scotia  ranked 5th at 5.3%. Canada reported +6.2% growth.

All provinces reported positive year-to-date (Jan-Sep 2017 over Jan-Sep 2016) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth.  British Columbia led the way at +9.3%. Nova Scotia (+6.4%) ranked 6th. Canada reported +6.8% growth.

 

 

 

E-Commerce

In Canada, retail e-commerce sales (unadjusted) totalled $1.2 billion in September, accounting for 2.4% of total retail trade. On a year-over-year basis, retail e-commerce increased 16.7%.  On a year-to-date basis (Jan-Sep), e-commerce sales increased 39% over the same period last year.

 

Statistics Canada Quote

"Following four consecutive monthly increases, Nova Scotia (-2.5%) posted lower sales in September, largely as a result of weaker sales at new car dealers."

 

Statistics Canada Cat. No. 63-005-X CANSIM 080-0020 and 080-0027

Summary Tables S.A. Monthly; U.A. Annual



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