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Retail spending held steady in November

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Retail spending plateaued in Manitoba in November, hovering at just under $1.4 billion, new Statistics Canada figures show.

The agency said November’s sales of $1.398 billion was essentially unchanged from the month before, and up only a sliver – 0.1 per cent— from November 2011’s tally of $1.397 billion.

There also wasn’t much change in most of the other provinces, with Nova Scotia the only one to report a month-over-month variation of more than 0.4 per cent. It saw its sales climb by 1.4 per cent, the agency said.

Nationally, sales edged up 0.2 per cent from October to November — $39.44 billion versus $39.36 billion. The year-over-year increase was 1.4 per cent.

Statistics Canada said it was the fifth consecutive monthly gain for Canada’s retail sector. It said higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and electronics and appliance stores in November more than offset declines at most other types of stores.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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