Ontario Retail Sales Jump 33.8%

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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