Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales rose 1.7% in April
Result topped the 0.2% gain that had been expected
Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 0.1% in January
Sales were up in four of seven subsectors, accounting for 66% of total.
Wholesale trade rise 0.7% in December for third monthly gain
Machinery, equipment and supplies among the biggest contributors.
Canadian economy contracts in February
First monthly decline since September, manufacturing output slips.