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

November 23, 2018
RETAIL TRADE, SEPTEMBER 2018

In Nova Scotia September 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade decreased 0.6% over August 2018 to $1.3 billion, and in Sep 2018 vs Sep 2017, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 2.2%.

Nationally, September 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.2% over August 2018 to $50.9 billion, and in Sep 2018 vs Sep 2017, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 3.8%.

 

Canada and the Provinces

On a month over month basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.2% nationally. Seven provinces reported monthly increases in retail trade, with Saskatchewan (1.7%) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported a decline (0.6%) over the previous month. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the largest decline (1.5%).

 

On a year over year basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 3.8% nationally. Nine provinces reported year-over-year increases in retail trade, with Prince Edward Island (6.8%) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported an increase (2.2%) over the same month last year. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the only decline (3.0%).

On a year to date basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 3.4% nationally. Nine provinces reported year-over-year increases in retail trade, with Prince Edward Island (5.0 %) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported an increase (2.8%) over the same period last year. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the only decline (1.4%).

 

Nova Scotia Sectors 

Unadjusted year-to-date (Jan-Sep 2018), Retail Trade increased 2.5% ($289.3 million) over Jan-Sep 2017 to $11,931.4 million.

  • Motor Vehicle with a 27% share of Retail Trade decreased 6.9% ($242.6 million).
  • Furniture with a 2% share increased 26.6% ($61.3 million).
  • Electronics with a 1% share increased 10.0% ($12.9 million).
  • Building Material with a 7% share increased 7.9% ($64.4 million).
  • Food & Beverage with a 21% share increased 3.4% ($85.3 million).
  • Health with a 8% share increased 1.5% ($13.6 million).
  • Gas Stations with a 14% share increased 12.8% ($189.5 million).
  • Clothing with a 3% share increased 3.8% ($14.9 million).
  • Sporting & Hobbies with a 2% share decreased 1.6% ($2.9 million).
  • General Merchandise with a 11% share increased 0.5% ($6.5 million).
  • Misc. Stores with a 3% share increased 39.7% ($86.4 million).

 

E-Commerce

In Canada September 2018, on a month-over-month basis, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales totaled $1.4 billion, representing a 2.8% share of total retail trade.  E-commerce sales decreased -0.2% over September 2018 and increased 16.9% over September 2017.

On a year-to-date basis (Jan-Sep 2018), unadjusted retail e-commerce sales increased 15.0% over Jan-Sep 2017 to $12.2 billion, representing a 2.7% share of total retail trade. 

 

QUOTES

"Sales were down in Newfoundland and Labrador (-1.5%) and Nova Scotia (-0.6%) for the first time in three months, mainly due to lower sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers."

 

REFERENCE

Source: Statistics Canada Tables 20-10-0008-01 and 20-10-0072-01



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