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Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales rose 1.7% in April

Result topped the 0.2% gain that had been expected


OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says wholesale sales increased 1.7% to $65.3 billion in April, boosted by the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector.

The result topped the 0.2% gain that had been expected on average by economists, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

Sales were up in five of seven subsectors accounting for 86% of total wholesale sales.

Wholesale sales in the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector rose 3.2% to $11.8 billion, the highest level since November 2017.

The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector increased 2.2% to $13.9 billion.

Wholesale sales rose 1.6% in volume terms.

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