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Statistics Canada released retail sales data today. Retail sales declined 0.1% in July, missing expectations for a 0.4% rise, after a 1.2% increase in June. June's figure was revised up from a 1.1% gain.
Sales at general merchandise stores fell 2.7%, while sales at supermarkets and grocery stores decreased 1.1%.
Motor vehicle and parts sales jumped 1.6%.
Retail sales excluding auto sales dropped 0.6% in July, missing expectations for a 0.1% fall, after a 1.5% increase.
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