Retail Services Price Index

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The Retail Trade Price Report collects prices of product transactions to create the Retail Services Price Index (RSPI). This index measures the price movements of services provided by retailers, and is used to answer questions related to inflation, real output and productivity of the retail sector.

The RSPI can also be used by businesses to measure their performance against industry trends, as well as for international comparisons of productivity, inflation and trade.

Your information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Collection periods:

Collected quarterly as follows:

  • From April 23 to June 10, 2019 — first quarter 2019
  • From July 19 to September 12, 2019 — second quarter 2019
  • From October 21 to December 6, 2019 — third quarter 2019
  • From January 20 to March 6, 2020 — fourth quarter 2019
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire, and paper questionnaire with telephone follow-up
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
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    Confidentiality

    Data are collected under the authority of the Statistics Act, Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, Chapter S-19.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    This survey collects information about products sold by retailers, including average monthly vendor and retail prices, and product specifications. Reasons for price changes are also collected to calculate a margin price, which is used to construct the Retail Services Price Index.

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  • For more information about this survey (questionnaires, definitions, data sources and methods used): survey number 5135
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