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March 17, 2023

MONTH-OVER-MONTH (seasonally adjusted, January 2023 vs December 2022)

Nova Scotia wholesale trade increased 23.2% to $1.3 billion. Canada wholesale trade increased 5.5% to $86.8 billion. Nine provinces reported an increase with Manitoba and Nova Scotia leading the way. Prince Edward Island reported the only decline in wholesale trade in January 2023.

YEAR-OVER-YEAR (seasonally adjusted, January 2023 vs January 2022)

Nova Scotia wholesale trade increased 11.3%. Canada wholesale trade increased 8.7%. Eight provinces reported year over year increases in wholesale trade. Manitoba reported the largest gain and Prince Edward Island reported the largest decline.


The largest dollar contributions to Nova Scotia's to wholesale trade came from food and beverage wholesalers as well as building materials wholesalers.  Wholesale trade in miscellaneous wholesalers contributed the least. Farm products and personal/household goods were surpressed.


The largest percentage contributions to Nova Scotia's to wholesale trade came from motor vehicle and parts. Building materials reported the smallest increase. Farm and personal/household goods were surpressed.



Nova Scotia's wholesale trade rebounded quite sharply from the pandemic decline, rising much more quickly than the national average in early 2021. Over the past year, Nova Scotia's wholesale trade has returned to the national trend. In the past 5 months, there has been volatility in Nova Scotia's wholesale trade with a sharp decline in June followed by a large recovery in July, a continued decline in September, recovery in October through January.

 The national ratio of inventories to sales declined  to 1.48 in January 2023.   

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 20-10-0074-01 Wholesale trade, sales (x 1,000)Table 20-10-0076-01  Wholesale trade, inventories (x 1,000)

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