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Wholesale sales up slightly in February

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Manitoba’s wholesale sector posted a modest increase in sales in February, according to new Statistics Canada data released today.

The agency said wholesale sales in the province rose by 0.5 per cent to $1.36 billion from $1.35 billion in January.

That was the third-smallest increase among the seven provinces that posted higher sales for the month. It came on the heels of a 0.7 per cent increase in January.

February’s sales total was also a 5.2 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when Manitoba wholesalers shipped out $1.29-billion worth of goods, the data shows.

Statistics Canada said Canada’s wholesale sales were unchanged from January to February, holding at $48.8 billion after rising 0.5 per cent in January. The year-over-year increase was 0.8 per cent.

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