New-car dealerships led the charge in retail growth in September, Statistics Canada said Tuesday morning.
Following four months of little change, sales rose 0.6 per cent to $44.4 billion in September, the agency said. As Statistics Canada’s monthly retail sales figures run one month behind, September’s numbers are the latest.
The largest increase in dollar terms occurred in the combined segment of motor-vehicle and parts dealerships with sales rising to $11.23 million from $10.97 million, a 2.4-per-cent jump. It marked the first gain in three months for the sector.
New-car dealerships on their own experienced a rise in sales of 2.8 per cent to $9.23 million, up from $8.98 million in August.