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

December 21, 2018
RETAIL TRADE, OCTOBER 2018

In Nova Scotia October 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.3 per cent over September 2018 to $1.4 billion and in year over year terms, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade decreased 0.5 per cent.

Nationally, October 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.3 per cent over September 2018 to $51.0 billion and in year over year terms, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.6 per cent. 

Canada and the Provinces

On a month over month basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.3 per cent nationally. Five provinces reported monthly increases in retail trade, with Nova Scotia (1.3 per cent) reporting the largest gain.  Alberta reported the largest decline (1.8 per cent) .

 

On a year over year basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.6 per cent nationally. Five provinces reported year-over-year increases in retail trade, with Ontario (3.5 per cent) reporting the largest gain.

Nova Scotia reported a decline (0.5 per cent) over the same month last year. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the largest decline (6.7 per cent) . 

On a year to date basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 3.1 per cent nationally. Nine provinces reported year-over-year increases in retail trade, with Prince Edward Island (4.6 per cent) reporting the largest gain.

Nova Scotia reported an increase (2.5 per cent) over the same period last year. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the only decline (2.0 per cent) .

 

 

Nova Scotia Sectors 

Unadjusted year-to-date (Jan-Oct 2018), Retail Trade increased 2.4 per cent ($312.4 million) over Jan-Oct 2017 to $13.29 billion.

  • Motor Vehicle with a 27% share of Retail Trade decreased 6.8 per cent ($262.6 million).
  • Furniture with a 2% share increased 22.3 per cent ($59.1 million).
  • Electronics with a 1% share increased 8.9 per cent ($12.7 million).
  • Building Material with a 7% share increased 7.1 per cent ($65.5 million).
  • Food & Beverage with a 21% share increased 3.8 per cent ($104.5 million).
  • Health with a 8% share increased 1.5 per cent ($15.4 million).
  • Gas Stations with a 14% share increased 12.0 per cent ($197.9 million).
  • Clothing with a 3% share increased 3.6 per cent ($15.7 million).
  • Sporting & Hobbies with a 2% share was relatively unchanged ($0.1 million).
  • General Merchandise with a 11% share increased 0.4 per cent ($6.4 million).
  • Misc. Stores with a 3% share increased 39.5 per cent ($97.7 million).

E-Commerce

In Canada October 2018, on a month-over-month basis, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales totalled $1.6 billion, representing a 3.0% share of total retail trade.
E-commerce sales increased 11.9 per cent over September 2018 and increased 19.3 per cent over October 2017.

On a year-to-date basis (Jan-Oct 2018) , unadjusted retail e-commerce sales increased 15.2 per cent over Jan-Oct 2017 to $13.7 billion, representing a 2.7% share of total retail trade.

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



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