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Doug McCann Research and Statistics Officer
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January 25, 2018

In Nova Scotia in November 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 0.1% from October 2017 to $1.3 billion and increased 5.7% over November 2016. 

In Canada in November 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 0.2% from October 2017 to $50.1 billion and increased 6.5% over November 2016. 



In Nova Scotia, unadjusted year-to-date (Jan-Nov 2017), Retail Trade increased 6.8% (+$902.1 million) to $14.2 billion over the same period last year.

Motor Vehicle with a 28% share of Retail Trade increased 8.0% (+$293.1 million). Building Material with a 7% share increased 15.5% (+$140.1 million). Gas Stations with a 13% share increased 7.7% (+$131.0 million). General Merchandise with a 12% share increased 6.3% (+$96.9 million). Health with an 8% share increased 7.2% (+$74.1 million). Furniture with a 2% share increased 22.1% (+$62.1 million). Food & Beverage with a 21% share increased 2.1% (+$61.8 million). Misc. Stores with a 2% share increased 12.6% (+$33.6 million). Electronics with a 1% share increased 7.2% (+$12.6 million). Sporting & Hobbies with a 2% share increased 2.5% (+$5.9 million). 

Clothing with a 4% share decreased -1.8% (-$9.0 million).

Motor Vehicle, Food & Beverage and Gas Stations account for 62.2% of retail trade.




Canada and the Provinces

Six of 10 provinces reported positive month-over-month (November 2017 vs October 2017) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth. Quebec led the way at 0.9% followed by Manitoba (+0.4%). Nova Scotia (+0.1%) ranked 4th along with Prince Edward Island. Canada reported growth at +0.2%. 


All provinces reported positive year-over year (Nov 2017 over Nov 2016) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth.  British Columbia led the way at +11.5%. The other provinces reported single-digit growth between 2.8% and 8.6%. Nova Scotia ranked 4th at 5.7%. Canada reported +6.5% growth.

All provinces reported positive year-to-date (Jan-Nov 2017 over Jan-Nov 2016) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth.  British Columbia led the way at +9.7%. Nova Scotia (+6.5%) ranked 6th. Canada reported +6.8% growth.



In Canada Jan-Nov 2017, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales (2.5% of retail trade) increased 35% to $13.7 billion over the same period last year.  Unadjusted electronic shopping and mail order houses sales (1.8% of retail trade), increased 21% to $9.4 billion over Jan-Nov 2016.


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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