In August, increased sales at grocery stores were partly offset by slower sales at motor vehicle dealerships and gas stations, the data agency said.
Sales volumes also rose 0.2 percent, StatsCan said.
Among retail subsectors, food and beverage sales rose 1.2 percent in the month with a 1.1 percent gain at grocery stores and a 2.1 percent increase in sales of beer, wine and liquor.
Sales of clothes rose 1.9 percent -- 2.1 percent at apparel stores and 2.7 percent at shoe stores.
Building materials sales also rose, climbing 1.1 percent, the third gain in four months.
Sales shrank 0.5 percent at auto dealerships, which posted a second consecutive month of declines. Gas station sales, after three consecutive gains, fell 0.8 percent in August.
StatsCan said sales at electronics and appliance stores also dropped, slipping 1.5 percent for the fourth consecutive month of shrinking sales.
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