Canada March wholesale trade up 1.4% on building materials
May 23 (Reuters) - Canadian wholesale trade increased by 1.4% in March from February on stronger sales in the building material and supplies subsector, Statistics Canada said on Thursday. Sales were up in six out of seven subsectors, representing 82% of wholesale trade, while sales increased in eight of the 10 provinces. Sales grew by 1.0% in volume terms. (Percent changes) Mar Mar Feb (rev) Feb (prev) mo/mo yr/yr mo/mo mo/mo Wholesale trade +1.4 +2.8 +0.2 +0.3 Wholesale trade ex-autos +2.2 +3.8 -1.6 -1.5 Wholesale inventories +0.4 +9.9 +0.4 -0.1 Sectors: Farm products +2.8 -0.1 Food/beverages/tobacco +0.4 +2.6 Personal/household +2.1 +2.6 Motor Vehicles and Parts -2.0 -1.8 Building materials/supplies +4.5 -2.8 Machinery/equipment +2.9 +6.0 Misc. +1.0 +12.1 NOTE: Analysts surveyed by Reuters had forecast a 0.9% increase in wholesale trade in March from February. All figures are seasonally adjusted. (Reporting by Dale Smith)
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