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

December 22, 2017
CORRECTION: RETAIL TRADE OCTOBER 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 October 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 2.3% from September 2017 to $1.3 billion and increased 6.9% over October 2016. 

In Canada in October 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 1.5% from September 2017 to $49.9 billion and increased 6.7% over October 2016. 

 

Sectors 

 

In Jan-Oct 2017, Nova Scotia unadjusted retail sales increased 6.9%  ($820.8 million) over Jan-Oct 2016. 

  • Motor vehicle stores:  responsible for  28% of retail sales increased $274 million (+8.3%), 
  • Building Materials:         7% of retail sales increased $  128.1 million (+15.8%),
  • Gas Stations:              13% of retail sales increased $   121.8 million (+7.9%),
  • General merchandise:  11% of retail sales increased $    86.5 million (+6.3%), 
  • Health care stores:       8% of retail sales increased $     68.2 million (+7.3%),
  • Food and beverage      22% of retail sales increased $    50.7 million (+1.9%),
  • Furniture stores:          2% of retail sales increased $     50.5 million (+20.1%), 
  • Misc. retail:                 2% of retail sales increased $     31.9 million (+13.2%), 
  • Electronic stores:         1% of retail sales increased $     12.2 million (+8.0%) and                                                                                                                   
  • Sporting & Hobby:       2% of retail sales increased $      4.0 million (+2.0%).
  • Clothing stores:           3% of retail sales declined   $   7.1 million (-1.6%).

 

Canada and the Provinces

Ten of 10 provinces reported positive month-over-month (October 2017 vs September 2017) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth. Saskatchewan led the way at 3.2%  followed by Newfoundland (+2.4%), Nova Scotia (+2.3%), Prince Edward Island (+2.1%), and British Columbia (+2.0%). Canada reported growth at +1.5%. 

All provinces reported positive year-over year (Oct 2017 over Oct 2016) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth.  British Columbia led the way at +10.5%, followed by New Brunswick (+10.0%).  The other provinces reported single-digit growth between 4.6% and 7.8%. Nova Scotia  ranked 5th at 6.9%. Canada reported +6.7% growth.

All provinces reported positive year-to-date (Jan-Oct 2017 over Jan-Oct 2016) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth.  British Columbia led the way at +9.6%. Nova Scotia (+6.5%) ranked 6th. Canada reported +6.9% growth.

 

 

 

E-Commerce

In Canada Jan-Oct 2017, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales (2.5% of retail trade) increased 37% to $11.9 billion over the same period last year.  Unadjusted electronic shopping and mail order houses sales (1.7% of retail trade), increased 21% to $8.3 billion over Jan-Oct 2016.

 

Statistics Canada Quote

"Receipts in Nova Scotia (+2.3%) increased for the fifth time in six months."

 

Statistics Canada Cat. No. 63-005-X CANSIM 080-0020 and 080-0033

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



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