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Wholesale trade: The year 2015 in review

Released: 2016-09-26

Wholesale trade in Canada rose for the sixth consecutive year in 2015, up 3.7% to $653.7 billion, the result of higher sales in all seven subsectors.

The motor vehicle and parts subsector, the food, beverage and tobacco subsector, the personal and household goods subsector and the miscellaneous subsector, together accounting for 64% of total sales, contributed most to the gain.

In volume terms, wholesale sales were up 1.6% to $589.4 billion in 2015.

Wholesale sales increased in every province except Alberta. Ontario was responsible for most of the national gain and half of total sales in 2015.

  Note to readers

This release is based on data available in CANSIM tables 081-0011 and 081-0015.


The analytical paper "Wholesale Trade: The Year 2015 in Review," which is part of Analysis in Brief (Catalogue number11-621-M), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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For analytical information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Indermohan Saini (613-513-8594;, Manufacturing and Wholesale Trade Division.

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