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Retail sales in Canada on the rise

Published by Stephanie Brooks on July 24, 2012

In May, retail sales rose 0.3 per cent to $38.9 billion, according to a Statistics Canada release today.

The largest gains were felt in Alberta, and in specifically the food and beverage sector, supermarkets and grocery stores, and clothing.

Sales rose in six provinces, with Saskatchewan registering a fourth consecutive monthly gain and a 0.2 per cent sales rise in Ontario.

Sales at gasoline stations declined 1.4 per cent, reflecting lower prices at the pump.

Motor vehicle and parts dealers registered a 0.4 per cent decrease, along with lower sales at new car dealers and automotive parts, accessories and tire stores.

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