Retail sales in Canada were unchanged in December 2019, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent gain in the previous month and slightly below market expectations of a 0.1 percent rise. Higher sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (+3.8 percent); food and beverage stores (+0.5 percent), led by supermarkets and other grocery stores (+0.3 percent); and health and personal care (+1.4 percent) were offset by lower receipts at motor vehicle and parts dealers (-1.3 percent), namely other motor vehicle dealers (-7.7 percent); and gasoline stations (-2.3 percent). On a quarterly basis, retail sales fell 0.2 percent in Q4, after rising 0.3 percent in the prior period. Year-on-year, retail trade increased 2.4 percent, following an upwardly revised 2.2 percent increase in November. Considering 2019 as a whole, retail sales went up 1.6 percent compared to 2018, the smallest rise since 2009 when Canada was in the midst of an economic downturn.

Retail Sales MoM in Canada averaged 0.36 percent from 1991 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 3.70 percent in December of 1997 and a record low of -4.50 percent in January of 1998. This page provides - Canada Retail Sales MoM - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. source: Statistics Canada

Retail Sales MoM in Canada is expected to be 0.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales MoM in Canada to stand at 0.30 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Canada Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.30 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.


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Canada Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.00 1.10 3.70 -4.50 1991 - 2019 percent Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-22 01:30 PM Sep -0.1% 0.1% -0.1% 0.2%
2019-12-20 01:30 PM Oct -1.2% 0% 0.5% 0.1%
2020-01-24 01:30 PM Nov 0.9% -1.1% 0.4% 0.4%
2020-02-21 01:30 PM Dec 0% 1.1% 0.1% 0.2%
2020-03-20 12:30 PM Jan 0% -0.2%
2020-04-17 12:30 PM Feb
2020-05-22 12:30 PM Mar 0.5%
2020-06-22 12:30 PM Apr


News Stream
Canada Retail Sales Unchanged in December
Retail sales in Canada were unchanged in December 2019, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent gain in the previous month and slightly below market expectations of a 0.1 percent rise. Higher sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (+3.8 percent); food and beverage stores (+0.5 percent), led by supermarkets and other grocery stores (+0.3 percent); and health and personal care (+1.4 percent) were offset by lower receipts at motor vehicle and parts dealers (-1.3 percent), namely other motor vehicle dealers (-7.7 percent); and gasoline stations (-2.3 percent). On a quarterly basis, retail sales fell 0.2 percent in Q4, after rising 0.3 percent in the prior period. Year-on-year, retail trade increased 2.4 percent, following an upwardly revised 2.2 percent increase in November. Considering 2019 as a whole, retail sales went up 1.6 percent compared to 2018, the smallest rise since 2009 when Canada was in the midst of an economic downturn.
2020-02-21
Canada Retail Sales Rise More than Expected in November
Retail sales in Canada rose 0.9 percent from a month earlier in November 2019, rebounding from a downwardly revised 1.1 percent fall in the previous month and beating market expectations of a 0.4 percent increase. It was the largest gain in retail trade since March, driven by higher sales at motor vehicle & parts dealers (+3 percent), led by new car dealers (+2.8 percent); and at food & beverage stores (+0.9 percent), namely supermarkets and other grocery stores (+1.3 percent). Also, sales at building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers went up for the first time in five months (+2.1 percent); and receipts at gasoline stations advanced 0.2 percent, mostly due to higher prices at the pump. Year-on-year, retail trade increased 1.9 percent, after declining a downwardly revised 0.4 percent in October.
2020-01-24
Canada Retail Sales Fall the Most in Nearly a Year
Retail sales in Canada decreased 1.2 percent from a month earlier in October 2019, following a revised flat reading in the previous month and against market expectations of a 0.5 percent gain. It was the sharpest decline in retail activity since November last year, mainly due to lower sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers (-3.2 percent), in particular new car dealers (-3 percent) and used car dealers (-5.2 percent); and at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (-3.1 percent). Also, food and beverage stores posted a decrease in receipts (-0.4 percent), mainly attributable to beer, wine and liquor stores (-1.8 percent). In contrast, sales at gasoline stations rose 1.5 percent, primarily reflecting higher prices at the pump. Year-on-year, retail trade shrank 0.6 percent.
2019-12-20
Canada Retail Sales Fall 0.1% in September
Retail sales in Canada decreased 0.1 percent month-over-month in September 2019, after an upwardly revised 0.1 percent gain in the previous month and matching market expectations. It was the first decline in retail trade in three months, as sales dropped at motor vehicle & parts dealers (-1 percent), namely new car dealers (-1.9 percent); and gasoline stations (-2.3 percent). On the other hand, receipts increased at food & beverage stores (1.2 percent), in particular at supermarkets & other grocery stores (1.1 percent) and beer, wine & liquor (3.2 percent); and building material & garden equipment and supplies dealers (3.3 percent). Year-on-year, retail trade went up 1 percent, slowing from an upwardly revised 1.3 percent rise in August. Considering the third quarter as a whole, retail sales advanced 0.5 percent, easing from a 1.1 percent gain in the prior quarter.
2019-11-22

Canada Retail Sales MoM
In Canada, the Retail sales report provides an aggregated measure of sales of retail goods and services over a specific time period. In Canada, Retail sales are seasonal, volatile and relatively important to the overall economy.