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Manitoba retail numbers edge higher in April

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Retail sales in Manitoba edged a little higher in April, climbing by 0.8 per cent from the previous month, Statistics Canada said today.

The agency said Manitoba retailers rang up just under $1.5 billion worth of sales during the month, compared to $1.48 billion in March.

The year-over-year increase was a much healthier four per cent, with sales sitting at just under $1.44 billion in April of last year.

Statistics Canada said Manitoba was one of six provinces to see an increase in sales from March to April. Ontario had the biggest percentage gain at 1.9 per cent.

Nationally, retail sales advanced for the fourth consecutive month, climbing by 1.1 per cent to $41.6 billion from $41.2 billion in March.

Statistics Canada said the gains were widespread, with 10 of the 11 retail subsectors posting increases.

April’s sales total was also a 5.1 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when Canada’s retailers sold $39.6 billion worth of goods.

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