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Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell 0.5% to $63 billion in December, the first decrease in three months. Economists had expected an increase of 0.4%, according to Thomson Reuters.

Sales fell in five of the seven subsectors tracked, representing 65% of total wholesale sales.

Statistics Canada says the personal and household goods subsector saw the largest decline in dollar terms for the month as it fell 3.3% to $8.5 billion.

Read: Manufacturing sales slip from November’s record high: StatsCan

Sales in the miscellaneous subsector fell 2.4% to $7.9 billion.

Meanwhile, machinery, equipment and supplies sales grew 2.3% to $12.7 billion, while the building material and supplies group increased 2.7% to $9.3 billion.

“December [was] off to a rough start indeed, with wholesale trade figures following manufacturing data released last week that printed in the red,” said Nick Exarhos of CIBC Capital Markets in a note. “All told, another negative for December GDP, and another reason we see growth coming in under 2% in Q4, and the Bank of Canada staying on hold until the summer.”

Originally published on Advisor.ca
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