Government of Nova Scotia, Canada
Header - Service Directory

Use the Services Directory to quickly access information on all of the services provided by the NS Department of Finance.

Home > Economics and Statistics > Archived Daily Stats > Selected Archived Daily Stats Article
The Economics and Statistics Division maintains archives of previous publications for accountability purposes, but makes no updates to keep these documents current with the latest data revisions from Statistics Canada. As a result, information in older documents may not be accurate. Please exercise caution when referring to older documents. For the latest information and historical data, please contact the individual listed to the right.

<--- Return to Archive

For additional information relating to this article, please contact:

Doug McCann Research and Statistics Officer
Tel: 902-424-2141Email:

December 15, 2017

**CORRECTION – a previous version of the DailyStats reported incorrect results for unadjusted year-to-date growth rates for Nova Scotia’s retail sales.  The corrected version follows.


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. 




In Jan-Sep 2017, Nova Scotia unadjusted retail sales increased 6.8%  ($730.8 million) over Jan-Sep 2016. 

  • Motor vehicle stores:  responsible for  28% of retail sales increased $235.7 million (+7.8%),
  • Gas Stations:              13% of retail sales increased $125.1 million (+9.2%),
  • Building Materials:       7% of retail sales increased $  107.1 million (+14.8%),
  • General merchandise: 11% of retail sales increased $  78.0 million (+6.3%),
  • Health care stores:       8% of retail sales increased $  62.4 million (+7.5%),
  • Food and beverage:   22% of retail sales increased $   48.3 million (+2.0%), 
  • Furniture stores:          2% of retail sales increased $   41.5 million (+18.4%), 
  • Misc. retail:                 2% of retail sales increased $   21.4 million (+9.9%), 
  • Electronic stores:         1% of retail sales increased $   15.5 million (+11.3%) and
  • Sporting & Hobby:       2% of retail sales decreased $   2.3 million (1.3%).
  • Clothing stores:           3% of retail sales declined   $   6.5 million (-1.6%).


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.





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

<--- Return to Archive