Retail sales soar in June, according to StatsCan

Sales climb above pre-pandemic levels

As economies reopened across the country, figues from Statistics Canada suggest people were itching to spend money.

The agency said retail sales soared 23.7 per cent in June to $53 billion, the first time the figure topped pre-pandemic levels. Stats Can reported sales were up 1.3 per cent compared with February, the last month before COVID-19 forced public health units to order widespread closures to slow the spread of the virus.

Retail sales in June were up across the sector. Motor vehicle and parts dealers saw sales jump 53.4 per cent. Clothing and clothing accessories stores posted a 142.3 per cent gain.

The numbers do not appear to be a fluke. Early estimates suggest July saw a 0.7 per cent increase in retail sales.