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January 20, 2023

MONTH OVER MONTH (seasonally adjusted November 2022 vs. October 2022)

In Nova Scotia retail trade decreased 0.08% to $1,712 million. Nationally, retail trade declined 0.09% to $61.8 billion. Two provinces reported monthly increases in retail trade. Manitoba and British Columbia reported the only gains, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick reported the largest declines.


YEAR OVER YEAR (seasonally adjusted November 2022 vs. November 2021)

In Nova Scotia retail trade increased 7.2%. Nationally, retail trade increased 5.2%. All provinces reported year-over-year increases in retail trade, with Manitoba and Prince Edward Island reporting the largest gains.

YEAR TO DATE (seasonally adjusted January-November 2022 vs January-November 2021)

Nova Scotia  retail trade increased 6.3%. Nationally, retail trade increased 8.3%. All provinces reported year-to-date increases in retail trade, with Ontario reporting the largest gain. British Columbia  reported the smallest gain.


Retail Trade increased 6.3% to $18.0 billion.  In dollar terms, Motor vehiles/Parts ($4.4 billion) and Food & beverage stores ($3.7 billion) contributed most to the increase. General merchandise ($2.4 billion), Gas stations ($2.4 billion), and General merchandise ($2.4 billion) also contributed to the increase.

In percentage terms, Motor vehicle/Parts  recorded a year-to-date decline (-2.7%) as did Electronics/appliances (-5.2%). All other retail catagories have record year-to-date increases led by Clothing stores (17.3%), Gas stations (16.3%) and Health/personal care stores (15.1%).



Retail sales moved sharply during periods of pandemic-related restrictions. National and Nova Scotia’s retail sales have followed similar trend in recent months with Nova Scotia growth index exceeding the national index in September through November 2022. 


In November 2022, Canada's ecommerce sales decreased -9.7% to $38.9 billion, or 5.7% of total retail sales.

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 20-10-0008-01  Retail trade sales by province and territory (x 1,000)Table 20-10-0072-01  Retail e-commerce sales (x 1,000)



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