Retail Services Price Index (RSPI)

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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.

The 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 8, 2018 – first quarter 2018
  • From July 23 to September 14, 2018 – second quarter 2018
  • From October 22 to December 7, 2018 – third quarter 2018
  • From January 21 to March 8, 2019 – fourth quarter 2018
Collection methods:
Electronic questionnaire and mail out, mail back paper questionnaire with telephone follow-up.
Survey participation:
Mandatory under the Statistics Act
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    Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act.

    Statistics Canada will use the information from this survey for statistical purposes.

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    Record linkage

    To enhance the data from this survey and to minimize the reporting burden, Statistics Canada may combine it with information from other surveys or from administrative sources.

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    Topics covered in the survey

    This survey collects information about products sold by retailers, including the 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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