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Wholesale sales in province down

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Manitoba was one of seven provinces to see a drop in wholesale sales in March.

Statistics Canada said today the province’s wholesalers shipped out $1.35 billion worth of goods during the month. That was a 0.7 per cent decline from February’s total of $1.36 billion.

While March’s total was down from the previous month, it was still a 2.3 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when $1.32 billion worth of goods were sold.

Nationally, wholesale sales rose by 0.3 per cent to $49.1 billion, Statistics Canada said. The increase was mainly due to higher sales in the motor vehicle industry.

The agency noted wholesale sales have been relatively flat in Canada since May of last year.

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