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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email: thomas.storring@novascotia.ca

September 20, 2019
RETAIL TRADE, JULY 2019

In Nova Scotia July 2019, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.2 per cent over June 2019 to $1.4 billion. In Jul 2019 vs Jul 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 3.6 per cent.

Nationally, July 2019, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.4 per cent over June 2019 to $51.5 billion. In Jul 2019 vs Jul 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.2 per cent.

Canada and the Provinces

On a month over month basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 0.4 per cent nationally. Six provinces reported monthly increases in retail trade, with Ontario (1.2 per cent) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported an increase (0.2 per cent) over the previous month. New Brunswick reported the largest decline (2.7 per cent).

On a year over year basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.2 per cent nationally. Five provinces reported year-over-year increases in retail trade, with Nova Scotia (3.6 per cent) reporting the largest gain. Saskatchewan reported the largest decline (3.1 per cent).

 

On a year to date basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.8 per cent nationally. Seven provinces reported year-to-date increases in retail trade, with Ontario (3.0 per cent) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported an increase (2.5 per cent) over the same period last year. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the largest decline (1.8 per cent).

 

 

Nova Scotia Sectors 

Unadjusted year-to-date (Jan-Jul 2019), Retail Trade increased 2.7 per cent ($245.8 million) over Jan-Jul 2018 to $9.2 billion.

Sector increases:

  • Motor Vehicle with a 29% share of Retail Trade increased 6.2 per cent ($156.6 million).
  • Building Material with a 7% share increased 0.05 per cent ($0.3 million). 
  • Food & Beverage with a 22% share increased 5.4 per cent ($104.7 million).
  • Sporting & Hobbies with a 1% share increased 0.4 per cent ($0.5 million).
  • General Merchandise with a 11% share increased 4.2 per cent ($41.8 million).
  • Miscellaneous Stores with a 2% share increased 18.1 per cent ($34.9 million).

Sector declines:

  • Furniture with a 2% share decreased 0.1 per cent ($0.3 million).
  • Electronics with a 1% share decreased 12.9 per cent ($12.1 million).
  • Health with an 8% share decreased 0.2 per cent ($1.4 million).
  • Gas Stations with a 12% share decreased 6.2 per cent ($76.6 million).
  • Clothing with a 3% share decreased 0.9 per cent ($2.7 million).

 

Cannabis stores

In Nova Scotia, Oct-18 to Jul-19, on a period-to-date basis, unadjusted retail cannabis store sales reached $53.6 million. This represents a 7.9% share of the Canadian market.

In Canada, Oct-18 to Jul-19, on a period-to-date basis, unadjusted retail cannabis store sales reached $676.4 million.

 

 

E-Commerce

In Canada June 2019,

  • On a month-over-month basis, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales decreased 7.9 per cent over June 2019 to $1.8 billion, representing a 3.2% share of total retail trade.
  • On a year-over-year basis, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales increased 32.8 per cent over July 2018.
  • On a year-to-date basis (Jan-Jul 2019), unadjusted retail e-commerce sales increased 23.3 per cent over Jan-Jul 2018 to $11.5 billion, representing a 3.3% share of total retail trade.

 

TABLES & SELECTED FIELDS

 

Statistics Canada Citations 

Table 20-10-0072-01 Retail E-commerce sales, unadjusted (x 1,000)

Table 20-10-0008-01 Retail trade sales by province and territory (x 1,000)

 

 

 



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