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the pandemic made winners and losers in May

(Ottawa) The COVID-19 pandemic left a strong mark on retail sales in May in Canada, causing many losers but also winners, depending on the sector.

The Canadian Press

Statistics Canada reported on Friday that sales fell 20% from the same month a year earlier, to $ 46.2 billion, and that sales were down in 15 of 19 commodity groups.

The monthly decline observed is mainly due to the 44.8% drop in sales of motor vehicles. Sales of fuels for vehicles were 51.3% lower.

Statistics Canada also observed that clothing and footwear sales suffered respective decreases of 56.3% and 56.4%.

In contrast, since homebound consumers ate less at restaurants, increases of 11.1% and 6.9% were recorded in the food and beverage categories, respectively.

And as weather conditions improved in May, there was an 11.5% increase in sales of live plants, seeds, and other home and garden accessories and supplies; of 10.2% of sales of lawn mowers, snowblowers and gardening tools and 46.4% of household outdoor furniture.

The federal agency also noted an 18.6% increase in sales of sporting and leisure goods in May.