Canada's retail sales totalled C$69.7B in August, up 2.5% year-over-year; leading commodity categories were food and beverages, motor vehicles and automotive and household fuels: Statistics Canada

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OTTAWA , November 7, 2023 (press release) –

Monthly data from the Retail Commodity Survey are now available for August. The survey collects detailed information about retail commodity sales in Canada to produce estimates of the distribution of sales of various commodities at the national level.

Retail sales totalled $69.7 billion in August, up 2.5% from the same month one year earlier. In dollar terms, the leading commodity categories in August 2023 were food and beverages ($15.9 billion), motor vehicles ($14.3 billion), as well as automotive and household fuels ($6.7 billion).

  Note to readers
The Retail Commodity Survey collects national-level retail sales data, by commodity, from the same businesses surveyed in the Monthly Retail Trade Survey. No data have been seasonally adjusted. All percentage changes are year over year.

New classification standard
As of the January 2023 reference period, Retail Commodity Survey figures are now based on the 2022 North American Product Classification System (NAPCS) and the North American Industry Classification System structures. These new classification structures have introduced new commodities, updated commodity definitions and broadened the industry scope for the estimates of the Retail Commodity Survey.

Tables 20-10-0016 and 20-10-0017 have been archived. National monthly commodity estimates in NAPCS 2022 are now available in table 20-10-0080 starting with January 2023. National industry-based quarterly commodity estimates will be available in table 20-10-0071 starting in the first quarter of 2023.

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