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Province stands out in wholesale sales crowd

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Manitoba stood out in the crowd as the only province to post an increase in wholesale sales in September, Statistics Canada said today.

The agency said Manitoba’s wholesalers shipped out $1.34 billion worth of goods during the month. That was an increase of 2.7 per cent from August’s $1.31 billion.

It was the wholesale industry’s second straight month of rising sales, after a 1.1 per cent increase in August.

September’s sales total was also a 4.9 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when $1.28 billion worth of goods were sold. The year-over-year gain was the third largest among the provinces.

Nationally, wholesale sales fell 1.4 per cent to $48.8 billion in September. It was the third decline in four months for Canada’s wholesale industry, but was still a 2.2 per cent improvement from a year earlier when $47.7 billion worth of goods were sold.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

 

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