Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Manitoba's drop in retail sales highest in country

  • Print

Manitoba saw the largest drop in retail sales in July, by far, of any Canadian province or territory, the same month the province’s one-point increase in the PST kicked in.

According to Statistics Canada, retail sales in Manitoba fell 4.1 per cent compared with a month earlier — although they were up 0.8 per cent compared with July 2012.

The next-worst performance in Canada was in Saskatchewan, where sales fell 1.9 per cent.

Across Canada, sales were up 0.6 per cent in July compared with June. On a July-to-July basis, sales nationally rose 3.0 per cent.

Conservative Leader Brian Pallister said this morning he’s not shocked Manitoba sales were down.

"If Manitobans don’t have as much money to spend then obviously retail sales are going to drop," he said.

The Conservatives said the monthly sales drop in Manitoba was the largest since the NDP came to power in 1999.

Pallister estimated that the government has taken in an extra $65 million in revenue since the PST was boosted to 8 per cent from seven per cent July 1.

"That is money that the NDP has sucked out of the economy to use indiscriminately on a spending spree," he said.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Pavelec wants to be better this season

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS 070619 LIGHTNING ILLUMINATES AN ABANDONED GRAIN ELEVATOR IN THE VILLAGE OF SANFORD ABOUT 10PM TUESDAY NIGHT AS A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS PASSED NEAR WINNIPEG JUST TO THE NORTH OF THIS  SITE.
  • Carolyn Kavanagh(10) had this large dragonfly land on her while spending time at Winnetka Lake, Ontario. photo by Andrea Kavanagh (mom0 show us your summer winnipeg free press

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should the federal government be able to censor how Ottawa is portrayed in the CMHR?

View Results

Ads by Google