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April retail sales slump

Last Updated Jun 19, 2020 at 7:48 am MDT

A worker boards up a closed clothing store in Vancouver, on Thursday, April 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

Retail sales fell 26.4 per cent in April to $34.7 billion


April marked a full month of coronavirus-related closures across the Canadian economy


Statistics Canada says about one-third of retailers were closed in April


OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Retail sales fell 26.4 per cent to $34.7 billion in April from March, leaving them down 33.6 per cent since physical distancing measures were implemented in mid-March.

Statistics Canada says about one-third of retailers were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While essential services like grocery stores remained open, most retailers did not offer in-store shopping in April due to public health restrictions meant to slow the spread of the pandemic.

Motor vehicle and parts took the largest hit, while online sales surged to a record high, representing 9.5 per cent of the total retail market. Many businesses started or expanded their online presence and curbside pick-up services in response to the closures.

Economists on average had expected a drop in April of 15.1 per cent, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.

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