Construction materials show strength, automotive and supplies fall.
Gains were made in six of seven subsectors, sales volumes gained 1.2%.
Personal and household goods subsector posted the largest decline in dollar terms.
Automotive and auto parts subsector grew by 17.1% to $11.9 billion, its first increase in three months.
Motor vehicle and parts sales fell 5.8% to $10.5 billion.
Machinery, equipment and supplies subsector posts largest drop, down by 4% to $10.9 billion.
Motor vehicle and parts subsector leads increases, growing by 2% to $11.1 billion.
Motor vehicle and parts subsector gained 3.1% to $11.2 billion.
Machinery, equipment and supplies subsector posted the biggest drop.
Increase led by the motor vehicle and parts subsector, which climbed 10.6% to $11.3 billion.
Analysts expected a minimal gain of 0.7%.
Ontario accounts for most of the gain.
Ontario accounted for most of the decrease, Statistics Canada says.
Motor vehicle and parts subsector gained 5.5% to $10.1 billion, the largest gain dollar terms.
Wholesale and manufacturing sales rebounds driving growth of 2.2%, about twice the pace of Q1.