Canadian total sales up in December

Statistics Canada today released retail sales numbers for December 2009, saying total sales in the country were up 0.4-percent over November to $35.3-billion in the month.

The biggest segment that had the most sales growth was the “general merchandisers” segment, which includes department stores. Sales in that category were up 3.3-percent.

Automotive sales were up 0.9-percent to $11,670-million in December, while gas sales were up 2.2-percent $4,031-million. Gasoline sales have had positive growth for the last five consecutive months.

Food and beverage store sales were down to by 1.3-percent to $8,133-million in December.

Statistics Canada said six provinces in the nation experienced a net increase in total sales.

See this table for complete information on sales in each respective category.


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