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Wholesale sales post biggest provincial drop in December

Manitoba’s wholesale sector posted the biggest provincial drop in sales in the country in December, Statistics Canada said today.

The agency said the province’s wholesalers shipped out $1.35 billion worth of goods during the month. That was a decline of 2.6 per cent from November’s total of $1.39 billion, although it was roughly on par with sales in the final month of 2011.

December’s decline followed a 4.6 per cent jump in sales in November.

Statistics Canada said Manitoba was one of six provinces to end the year on a down note. The other five saw declines ranging from 0.1 per cent to 2.5 per cent.

Canada saw its wholesale sales dip by 0.9 per cent to $49 billion after rising 0.7 per cent in November. Statistics Canada said the decrease was largely a result of lower sales of computer and communications equipment and supplies.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

 

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