Retail Sales Show Strength In June

Retail sales went up 4.2 per cent to $56.2 billion in June, sales led majority by clothing and clothing accessories stores, says Statistics Canada. This is attributed to eased public health restrictions in the month of June. Additionally, sales increased in eight of 11 subsectors, representing 69.5 per cent of retail trade and core retail sales. This did not include gasoline stations, motor vehicle, and parts dealers, which increased 4.6 per cent. Also, sales were up for six provinces in June, with Ontario (up 9.8 per cent) on top. However, in the second quarter of 2021, retail sales declined 0.7 per cent. June sales for building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers fell 3.1 per cent from the previous month, potentially attributed to 5.3 per cent of stores closed for at least one day.