Canada Economics : StatsCan Providing Advance Estimate of Sales in the Wholesale Trade Sector for January; Indicates Wholesale Sales Rose 3.0%

Released: 2022-03-18

Retail sales — Canada

$58.9 billion

January 2022


(monthly change)

Retail sales increased 3.2% to $58.nine billion in January. The increase was led by higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers (+5.3%), as sales at new car dealers (+5.5%) rebounded in January following a refuse in December 2021.

Sales were upwardly in 9 of 11 subsectors, representing 85.5% of retail trade.

Cadre retail auctionsouthward—which exclude gasoline stations and motor vehicle and parts dealers—increased ii.9%.

In volume terms, retail sales were up ii.ix% in January.

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, provincial governments implemented public health restrictions in several regions beyond the country, which straight afflicted the retail sector. In light of evolving restrictions, both retailers and consumers have adapted to these business conditions.

Based on respondent feedback, ii.half-dozen% of retailers were closed at some signal in January compared with 13.ix% of retailers reporting closures i yr prior.

Given the rapidly evolving economical situation, Statistics Canada is providing an advance approximate of retail sales, which suggests that sales decreased 0.5% in February 2022. Owing to its early on nature, this effigy will be revised. This unofficial estimate was calculated based on responses received from 36.6% of companies surveyed. The average final response charge per unit for the survey over the previous 12 months has been 89.9%.

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Chart 1: Retail sales increase in January

Retail sales increase in January

Chart 1: Retail sales increase in January

Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers pb retail sales

Higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers (+five.3%) led the growth in retail sales in Jan. The increase was largely the consequence of gains at new automobile dealers (+5.5%), which follows an increment in imports of motor vehicles and parts in December 2021. Higher sales were likewise recorded at used car dealers (+nine.7%) and other motor vehicle dealers (+vii.4%). Automotive parts, accessories and tire stores (-three.two%) were the only store type in this subsector to record a decrease in Jan after posting growth in each of the previous ii months.

Sales at gasoline stations were unchanged in January. In volume terms, sales were downward 0.2% equally public wellness measures that restricted services and public gatherings were heightened in several regions across the country in early January.

Core retail sales rise on gains at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers every bit well as nutrient and beverage stores

Core retail sales were up ii.nine% in Jan. Leading the increase were higher sales at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (+eight.9%), which increased for the fifth time in 6 months. The increase in January was also the fastest stride of growth recorded in this subsector since March 2021 (+21.5%).

Higher sales were also reported at food and beverage stores (+2.ii%). Receipts were up in three out of four store types, with supermarkets and other grocery stores (+2.9%) leading the gains. The increase coincided with higher prices of frozen meat and fresh fruits in Jan. Beer, wine and liquor stores (-0.nine%) were the only shop blazon in this subsector to decline following a decrease in December 2021.

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Chart 2: Sales increase in 9 of 11 subsectors in January

Sales increase in 9 of 11 subsectors in January

Chart 2: Sales increase in 9 of 11 subsectors in January

Sales up in nine provinces

Retail sales were upward in nine provinces in January led by higher sales in Ontario (+iii.1%). The increase in Ontario was driven by higher sales at both motor vehicle and parts dealers and building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers. Sales were up ii.v% in the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA).

Sales in Quebec increased 3.ix% in Jan. In the Montréal CMA, sales were upwards 3.7%.

Sales in British Columbia rose 4.0% in January. Leading the increase were college sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and food and potable stores. Sales were upward 5.iv% in the Vancouver CMA.

Retail e-commerce in Canada

On a seasonally adjusted basis, retail e-commerce sales were up 8.3% in January.

On an unadjusted basis, retail due east-commerce sales were down fourteen.four% year over yr to $3.2 billion in January, accounting for six.three% of total retail trade. The share of e-commerce sales out of full retail sales brutal 1.8 percentage points compared with January 2021, when retailers were mandated to close their brick and mortar stores to in-person shopping in many regions across the state.

  Note to readers

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars, unless otherwise noted.

Seasonally adjusted data are data that have been modified to eliminate the effect of seasonal and agenda influences to allow for more meaningful comparisons of economic weather from period to menstruation. For more than data on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

The per centum change for the advance estimate of retail sales is calculated using seasonally adapted information and is expressed in current dollars.

This early indicator is a special product being provided in the context of the COVID-onenine pandemic to offer Canadians timely information on the retail sector. The data sources and methodology used are exactly the same as those outlined on the Monthly Retail Trade Survey information page.

Tendency-cycle estimates are included in selected charts as a complement to the seasonally adjusted serial. These data represent a smoothed version of the seasonally adapted time series and provide information on longer-term movements, including changes in direction underlying the series. For information on trend-bike information, see Trend-cycle estimates – Ofttimes asked questions.

Both seasonally adjusted data and tendency-bicycle estimates are subject to revision equally additional observations become available. These revisions could be all-encompassing and could even lead to a reversal of movement, peculiarly for the reference months most the end of the series or during periods of economic disruption.

Seasonally adjusted estimates for cannabis store retailers are presented in unadjusted form since at that place is no seasonal design established by official statistics withal. Establishing such a pattern requires several months of observed data. In the interim, the seasonally adjusted estimates for cannabis store retailers will exist identical to the unadjusted figures.

Statistics Canada’due south retail e-commerce figures include the electronic sales of ii distinct types of retailers. The beginning blazon does not have a storefront. These businesses are commonly referred to equally pure-play Internet retailers and are classified nether the North American Manufacture Classification System (NAICS) lawmaking 45411—electronic shopping and mail-order houses. The second type has a storefront and is commonly referred to as a brick-and-mortar retailer. If the online operations of a brick-and-mortar retailer are separately managed, they, too, are classified under NAICS code 45411.

Some common eastward-commerce transactions, such as travel and adaptation bookings, ticket purchases, and financial transactions, are not included in Canadian retail sales figures.

For more information on retail eastward-commerce in Canada, see “Retail East-Commerce in Canada.”

Total retail sales expressed in volume terms are calculated past deflating current-dollar values using consumer price indexes.

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Real-time tables

Real-time tables xx-ten-0054-01 and xx-10-0079-01 will exist updated soon.

Next release

Data on retail trade for February will exist released on Apr 22.

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