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

October 22, 2019
RETAIL TRADE, AUGUST 2019

In Nova Scotia August 2019, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade decreased 0.9 per cent over July 2019 to $1.4 billion. In Aug 2019 vs Aug 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.9 per cent.

Nationally, August 2019, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade decreased 0.1 per cent over July 2019 to $51.5 billion. In Aug 2019 vs Aug 2018, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.1 per cent.

Canada and the Provinces

On a month over month basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade decreased 0.1 per cent  nationally. Six provinces reported monthly increases in retail trade, with New Brunswick (3.8 per cent) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported a decline (0.9 per cent) over the previous month. Manitoba reported the largest decline (1.6 per cent).

On a year over year basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.1 per cent nationally. Eight provinces reported year-over-year increases in retail trade, with Prince Edward Island (4.3 per cent) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported an increase (1.9 per cent) over the same month last year. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the largest decline (1.4 per cent).

 

On a year to date basis, seasonally adjusted Retail Trade increased 1.7 per cent nationally. Seven provinces reported year-to-date increases in retail trade, with Prince Edward Island (3.0 per cent) reporting the largest gain. Nova Scotia reported an increase (2.4 per cent) over the same period last year. Newfoundland and Labrador reported the largest decline (1.5 per cent).

 

 

Nova Scotia Sectors 

Unadjusted year-to-date (Jan-Aug 2019), Retail Trade increased 2.5 per cent ($266.0 million) over Jan-Aug 2018 to $10.7 billion.

Sector increases:

  • Motor Vehicle with a 29% share of Retail Trade increased 5.4 per cent ($157.9 million).
  • Furniture with a 2% share increased 0.2 per cent ($0.5 million).
  • Food & Beverage with a 22% share increased 5.6 per cent ($127.8 million).
  • Sporting & Hobbies with a 1% share increased 1.3 per cent ($2.0 million).
  • General Merchandise with a 11% share increased 4.4 per cent ($51.3 million).
  • Miscellaneous Stores with a 3% share increased 14.5 per cent ($34.5 million).

Sector declines:

  • Electronics with a 1% share decreased 13.5 per cent ($14.9 million).
  • Building Material with a 7% share decreased 0.12 per cent ($0.9 million).
  • Health with an 8% share decreased 0.2 per cent ($1.3 million).
  • Gas Stations with a 13% share decreased 6.2 per cent ($88.4 million).
  • Clothing with a 3% share decreased 0.7 per cent ($2.6 million).

 

Cannabis stores

In Nova Scotia, Oct-18 to Aug-19, on a period-to-date basis, unadjusted retail cannabis store sales reached $60.1 million. This represents a 7.4% share of the Canadian market.

In Canada, Oct-18 to Aug-19, on a period-to-date basis, unadjusted retail cannabis store sales reached $806.6 million.

 

 

E-Commerce

In Canada August 2019,

  • on a month-over-month basis, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales increased 1.3 per cent over July 2019 to $1.8 billion, representing a 3.3% share of total retail trade. 
  • On a year-over-year basis, unadjusted retail e-commerce sales increased 25.0 per cent over August 2018.
  • On a year-to-date basis (Jan-Aug 2019), unadjusted retail e-commerce sales increased 23.7 per cent over Jan-Aug 2018 to $13.3 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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