OTTAWA — Canadian retail sales in July
rose by 0.6% and are now higher than they were before the
coronavirus pandemic struck, Statistics Canada said on Friday,
adding that August sales probably gained 1.1% on the month.
Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast retail sales would
increase by 1.0% from June, when trade jumped by 22.7% as
restrictions imposed to fight the outbreak were removed.
“The data continue to suggest that the pace of growth seen
in June wasn’t sustained early in the third quarter,” said Royce
Mendes of CIBC Economics.
Sales grew in six of the 11 subsectors, with motor vehicles
and parts contributing the most. Gas sales also posted gains.
Excluding those two subsectors, overall sales fell 1.2% on
lower sales at building material and garden equipment and
supplies dealers as well as at food and beverage stores.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer, David Ljunggren and Dale Smith;
editing by Jonathan Oatis)