June retail sales topped pre-pandemic levels.
Retail sales soared 23.7 percent in June according to the latest figures from Stats Canada.
The retail sector brought in $53 billion across the country, climbing above pre-pandemic levels for the first time as more parts of the country moved ahead with plans to reopen their economies.
Among the provinces, Ontario comes in first with a 33.8 percent jump in retail sales, well above the national average.
Sales at non-essential retailers surged higher with clothing and clothing accessories stores posting a 142.3 percent gain in June.
The motor vehicle and parts dealers group saw a 53.4 percent rise in sales.
By: Mike McDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter