Retail Sales See Increase

Retail sales reached $57.7 billion in September, an increase of 4.1 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier, says Statistics Canada. Sales of automotive and household fuels posted the highest growth of all commodity classes in September, rising 37.2 per cent year-over-year. The largest decrease in dollar terms came from sales of motor vehicles (down 5.4 per cent), the class's first year-over-year decline in the previous six months. However, retail sales of food (up 1.6 per cent) showed growth in September, after three months of declining year-over-year sales. Furthermore, with retailers' stores and shopping centres continuing to allow more in-person shopping across the country, higher sales were posted in the clothing commodity class, up 12 per cent. Sales of sporting and leisure products grew 11 per cent. The hardware, tools, and renovation and lawn and garden products sector sales were $4.71 billion, down 1.2 per cent over $4.77 billion in September 2020. The home furniture, furnishings, housewares, appliances, and electronics sector sales were up 0.9 per cent year-over-year.