Retail Sales in Canada

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Canada - Retail Sales

After gaining momentum in Q4 2021, preliminary data suggests the economy outperformed its G7 peers in Q1, with StatCan estimating growth of 1.4% quarter-on-quarter. Looking at the monthly picture, economic activity growth was muted in January due to Omicron and poor weather affecting energy output. However, momentum picked up in February thanks to healthy expansions in manufacturing and customer-facing services. In particular, the accommodation and food services sector saw a double-digit gain as the Omicron wave faded and associated restrictions were eased. Turning to Q2, available signs are mainly positive. In April, the unemployment rate fell to an all-time low, while the manufacturing PMI was well in expansionary territory and housing starts jumped, boding well for residential investment. However, multi-decade high inflation could be weighing somewhat on spending intentions.

Canada - Retail Sales Data

2015   2016   2017   2018   2019  
Retail Sales (annual variation in %)2.6  5.2  7.1  2.9  1.6  

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Canada Retail
Note: Annual variation of retail sales in %.
Source: Statistics Canada.

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