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Retail sales barely up in April

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Manitobans held the line on spending in April, with retail sales up a mere 0.6 per cent from the previous month.

Statistics Canada said today that Manitoba retailers rang up $1.44 billion worth of sales during the month, versus $1.43 billion in March.

But despite the modest month-over-month gain, April’s total was still a two per cent improvement from a year earlier, when $1.41-billion worth of goods were sold.

The agency said Manitoba was one of seven provinces to post a month-over-month increase in sales in April. It’s gain was the smallest of the seven.

Canada saw virtually no change in its retail sales from March to April. The were up by a mere 0.1 per cent to just over $39.5 billion. The year-over-year gain was 1.5 per cent.

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