Category Archives: Retail sales

Retail Sales

Originally posted 21 July 2016

Consumer spending is an integral part of the economy.  Usually retail sales constitute about 50-70 per cent of an economy.  Alberta, with its high level of capital investment, generally would rely less on consumer spending. That said, Albertans are still the highest per capita consumers in Canada, with an appetite for big trucks and dining out.  At least up until the current recession.

As would be expected consumer spending has softened over the past couple of years.

Alberta credit card spending climbs19-4-18 EJ

Province sees uptick in food and alcohol purchases19-10-17 EJ

Canada spends, Alberta doesn’t21-4-17 EJ



Alberta consumer spending down 2.9 per cent in second quarter of 201621-7-16 EJ