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Retail sales down in province

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Manitobans reeled in their spending a little in March, according to new Statistics Canada figures released today.

The agency said sales here dipped by 0.6 per cent to $1.43 billion from $1.44 billion in February. That came on the heels of a two per cent increase in sales in February.

Manitoba was one of four provinces to post weaker sales in March. The decline here was the smallest among the four.

But while they were down from the previous month, March’s sales were still a 1.2 per cent improvement from a year earlier, the agency said, when $1.41 billion worth of goods were sold.

Nationally, retail sales were flat in March, holding at $39.5 billion. However, they were up 1.1 per cent from a year earlier.

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