Retail sales in Canada increased 1.1 percent month-over-month in March 2019, after an upwardly revised 1 percent gain in February and beating market expectations of a 1 percent rise. It was the largest increase in retail trade since May last year, as sales at gasoline stations advanced for the second consecutive month (6 percent) boosted by higher prices at the pump. Also, sales at clothing and clothing accessories stores rose 3.4 percent and at building material and at garden equipment and supplies dealers increased 4.3 percent after declining in February. On the other hand, sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers fell 0.7 percent, following a 1.7 percent rise in the prior month, namely new car dealers (-2.2 percent). Year-on-year, retail trade rose 2.6 percent, following an upwardly revised 2.1 percent gain. Considering the first quarter of the year, retail sales went up 0.1 percent, rebounding from a 0.5 percent decline in the fourth quarter of 2018. Retail Sales MoM in Canada averaged 0.37 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.