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Wholesale trade: Early indicator, August 2022

Released: 2022-09-26

Given the rapidly evolving economic situation, Statistics Canada is providing an advance estimate of sales in the wholesale trade sector for August. The advance results for August indicate that wholesale sales rose 0.8%. The increase reflects higher sales in the food, beverage and tobacco subsector.

This estimate was calculated based on a weighted response rate of 60.2%. The average final response rate for the survey over the past 12 months has been 86.1%. As Statistics Canada continues to collect data for the August reference month, this early indicator is subject to a higher revision rate than the regular monthly release.

Advance estimates by subsector:

• Farm products: -9.5%

• Food, beverage and tobacco products: +2.3%

• Personal and household goods: -1.1%

• Motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts and accessories: +0.2%

• Building materials and supplies: +1.4%

• Machinery, equipment and supplies: +1.7%

• Miscellaneous goods: +0.4%

  Note to readers

The percentage change is calculated using seasonally adjusted data in current dollars.

This early indicator is a special product published in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide Canadians with timely information on the wholesale sector. The official estimate of wholesale sales for the month of August, which will be based on a more complete set of survey and administrative data, is scheduled for release on October 14, 2022.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or Media Relations (statcan.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.statcan@statcan.gc.ca).

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