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Province sees bump in retail sales

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Manitoba posted the third monthly increase in retail sales in the last five months with a healthy 2.3 per cent increase from April to May to $1.48 billion.

According to Statistics Canada, only Saskatchewan and Quebec have stronger growth than Manitoba.

Nationally, sales grew by 1.9 per cent in May.

Year-over-year increases in the three Prairie provinces were significantly higher than the rest of the country, underlying where the strength in the Canadian economy lies.

Seasonally adjusted retail sales in Manitoba in May were 5.4 per cent higher than in May, 2012.

Year-over-year sales were up 3.6 per cent nationally, 5.9 per cent in Saskatchewan and 7.9 per cent in Alberta.

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