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Garden product sales down in September


November 23, 2010
By The Canadian Press

Nov. 23, 2010, Ottawa – Retail sales increased for the fourth straight
month in September, rising 0.6 per cent in current dollars to $36.4
billion. The home and garden sector, however, posted a decline.

Nov. 23, 2010, Ottawa – Retail sales increased for the fourth straight month in September, rising 0.6 per cent in current dollars to $36.4 billion.

Eight of 11 subsectors reported gains. Statistics Canada reports retail sales rose 0.4 per cent by volume. The largest dollar increase was a 1.2 per cent advance at vehicle and parts dealers, while sales at general merchandise stores, including department stores, rose two per cent.

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Higher sales were reported at sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (up 2.3 per cent), while sales increased one per cent among clothing and clothing accessories stores.
 
The largest drop was 1.6 per cent at building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers.

Retail sales were up in seven provinces in September, with Quebec the largest contributor at 0.9 per cent. The largest decline was in Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales fell 0.9 per cent.


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