Canada’s retail sector says it will boost its sales in China amid global economy slowdown


The Canadian retail sector is growing at a healthy clip and it says it expects to be able to continue its momentum in China.

The Canadian Retail Council said Tuesday that its sales increased by 11.5 per cent in June compared to the same month last year.

The council said that was thanks to the expansion of the e-commerce and logistics sectors and the increased demand from online shoppers.

However, it said it expects growth to slow down to 5.8 per cent from 7.5 percent in the third quarter of the year.

“We’re not expecting to see a rebound, but we’re certainly not losing our mojo,” said Steve Gagneau, the council’s vice-president of communications.

Gagneau said that while e-Commerce sales in Canada are expected to increase by 10 per cent this year, he said the real growth will come from the wholesale business.

“In the second half of this year we’re expecting some big growth,” he said.

The CRC said that sales of Canadian-made goods were up 8.6 per cent year-over-year in June, compared to a 9.6-per-cent increase the same time last year, the largest gain since the beginning of the recession.

It said that, as a result of the economic downturn, some companies are taking their time to ramp up production.

It also said it has received assurances from the Chinese government that it will maintain a strong economy in the years ahead.

The industry group said the growth in China’s economy has not only been a boon to the domestic economy but also to its export sector.

“It has given us the ability to produce more products and that’s why we’re seeing so much success in China,” said Gagneaux.

“The growth in our sales is a reflection of that.”

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