Retail climbs for fourth month in Canada

Nov. 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM

OTTAWA, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Retail sales in Canada rose for the fourth consecutive month in September, climbing 0.6 percent, the government said Tuesday.

Statistics Canada said total sales made headway in eight of 11 subsectors, rising to a total of $36.4 billion in the month.

Motor vehicle sales, including auto parts, posted the largest increase in terms of dollar amount, gaining 1.2 percent. New car sales rose 1.5 percent in the month.

Measured by percentages, sales of sporting goods, books, and sales at hobby and music stores rose the highest, up 2.3 percent.

Clothing store sales, including accessories, rose 1 percent. Shoe store sales rose 3.2 percent. Jewelry, luggage and leather goods store sales fell 1 percent.

In regional data, the province of Quebec saw sales rise 0.9 percent, the largest among the provinces. The largest decline occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales fell 0.9 percent.

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