Retail sales in Canada rose 1.1 per cent to $53.9 billion in September—the fifth consecutive monthly increase since the record decline in April, reported Statistics Canada on Friday.
Sales were also up 4.6 per cent year-over-year.
In Alberta, retail sales rose by 2.5 per cent to $6.9 billion and the federal agency said they were led by higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers. On an annual basis, sales were up 3.8 per cent in the province.
Throughout Canada, StatsCan said retail sales in the third quarter were up 22.6 per cent compared with the second quarter of this year.
“On an unadjusted basis, retail e-commerce sales reached $3.2 billion in September, accounting for 5.6 per cent of total retail trade. The share of e-commerce sales out of total retail sales rose 0.5 percentage points from August—despite more retailers expanding in-person shopping in accordance with public health measures—and was up 2.1 percentage points year over year,” said the federal agency.
“Retail e-commerce sales were up 74.3 per cent year over year in September, while total unadjusted retail sales increased 9.3 per cent. When adjusted for basic seasonal effects, retail e-commerce rose 8.1 per cent.”