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Retail Commodity Survey, January 2020

Released: 2020-04-17

Monthly data from the Retail Commodity Survey are now available for January. The survey collects detailed information about retail commodity sales in Canada to produce estimates of the distribution of sales of various commodities at the national level.

Retail sales totalled $43.8 billion in January, up 3.6% from the same month the previous year. Sales were up in 12 of the 19 commodity groupings.

While the impacts of COVID-19 on the retail trade sector will be more noticeable in subsequent months, respondent comments for February indicate that business activities have been impacted.

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