Canada retail sales rose 0.7% mom to CAD 58.1B in November, below expectation of 1.0% mom. The increase was led by higher sales at gasoline stations (+4.9%), building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers (+3.0%) and food and beverage stores (+1.0%).
Sales increased in 6 of 11 subsectors, representing 63.8% of retail trade. Core retail sales—which exclude gasoline stations and motor vehicle and parts dealers—increased 0.5%.
According to advance estimate, sales decreased -2.1% mom in December.