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Doug McCann Research and Statistics Officer
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February 22, 2018


In Nova Scotia in December 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) decreased 1.2% from November 2017 to $1.3 billion and increased 5.2% over December 2016. The Nova Scotia retail trade index (2015=100) declined to 112.3, over November 2016.

In Canada in December 2017 retail sales (seasonally adjusted) decreased 0.8% from November 2017 to $49.6 billion and increased 5.8% over December 2016.  The Canada retail trade index (2015=100) declined to 113.7 over November 2016.



Canada and the Provinces

Six of 10 provinces reported negative month-over-month (December 2017 vs November 2017) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth. Declines were reported in Ontario (-1.6%),  Manitoba (-1.4%). Nova Scotia (-1.2%), Alberta (-0.5%), British Columbia (-0.6%) and New Brunswick (-0.04%). Canada reported growth at -0.8%. 


All provinces reported positive year-over year (Dec 2017 over Dec 2016) seasonally adjusted retail sales growth.  British Columbia (+11.5%) was the only province reporting double-digit growth. The other provinces reported single-digit growth between 2.8% and 9.0%. Canada reported +5.8% year-over-year growth. Nova Scotia (+5.2%) was slightly below the national average.


ANNUAL (Preliminary)

All provinces reported positive seasonally adjusted annual retail sales growth.  Amoung the provinces, annual growth rates ranged from +2.9% (Newfoundland and Labrador) and +9.7% (British Columbia). In  Nova Scotia 2017, the annual seasonally adjusted retail growth was +6.3%, slightly below the national average of 6.7%. 



In Nova Scotia 2017, unadjusted Retail Trade increased 6.2% (+$915.7 million) to $15.6 billion over 2016.

Motor Vehicle with a 27% share of Retail Trade increased 7.2% (+$284.9 million). Furniture with a 2% share increased 22.1% (+$69.4 million). Electronics with a 1% share increased 5.0% (+$10.3 million). Building Material with a 7% share increased 14.8% (+$144.6 million). Food & Beverage with a 22% share increased 2.0% (+$65.2 million). Health with a 8% share increased 6.6% (+$76.1 million). Gas Stations with a 13% share increased 7.1% (+$132.8 million). Sporting & Hobbies with a 2% share increased 2.7% (+$7.5 million). General Merchandise with a 12% share increased 5.8% (+$102.9 million). Misc. Stores with a 2% share increased 10.8% (+$32.2 million).

Clothing with a 4% share decreased -1.7% (-$10.1 million).




In Canada 2017, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales (2.7% of retail trade) increased 31% to $15.7 billion over the same period last year.  Unadjusted electronic shopping and mail order houses sales (1.8% of retail trade), increased 19% to $10.6 billion over  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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