UPGRADE 1-Canada April retail sales up by 0.9 pct, struck record high

(Adds details of release, background) Canadian retail sales in April
increased by 0.9 percent from March to meeting a record C$ 44.28 billion
($ 34.59 billion), thanks largely to higher sales at fuel
stations, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday. The increase – the third in 4 months – matched the
anticipated by experts in a Reuters poll, while in volume terms,
April sales were flat. The previous record was the C$ 44.22.
billion seen in February.

Overall, sales increased in seven of 11 subsectors, representing.
64 percent of overall retail sales. Filling station published a 6.0.
percent increase in sales from March, the very first advance given that.
June 2015, on higher rates. Sales at car and parts dealerships – the biggest of the.
subsectors – slipped by 0.3 percent, succumbing to the second.
successive month. Leaving out autos, total sales climbed by 1.3.
percent.

Purchases at furniture stores increased by 6.1 percent after.
a 4.0 percent drop in March. Sales in food and beverage shops,.
the 2nd biggest subsector, inched up by 0.1 percent.

($ 1=$ 1.28 Canadian) (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama).

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