Canadian seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose 1.4 per cent in October to $62 billion. Sales rose in 6 of 11 subsectors, but were led by higher sales at gasoline stations (+6.8 per cent) and food and beverage stores (+2.2 per cent). Core retail sales, which strips out gasoline and motor vehicle and parts dealers, rose 0.9 per cent in October. In volume terms, sales were unchanged.
In BC, seasonally-adjusted sales rose 1.3 per cent in October. Compared to the same month last year, retail sales were up 3.6 per cent in the province. In the Greater Vancouver region, sales rose 1.3 per cent month-over-month and were up 3.1 per cent year-over-year.
In October, Canadian e-commerce sales fell 4.4 per cent to $3.4 billion, corresponding to 5.2 per cent of retail sales. This percentage remains elevated relative to pre-pandemic levels, but is lower than during core months of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
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