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Retail sales edged down 0.2% to $38.9 billion in February, largely offsetting the gain in January. New car dealers accounted for most of the decline. Lower sales were reported in 5 of 11 subsectors, representing 57% of total retail sales. (Full Story)
Older workers in 2008 were significantly less likely to participate in job-related training than their counterparts in the core working-age population. (Full Story)
In February, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits fell by 6,700 (-1.2%) to 552,800. (Full Story)
Both the number and rate of police-reported hate crimes declined in 2010. Canadian police services reported 1,401 hate crimes in 2010 or 4.1 hate crimes per 100,000 population. This rate was 18% lower than in 2009 and followed two consecutive annual increases (Full Story)
Following four months of little change, employment increased by 82,000 in March, mostly in full-time work. This brought the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%. (Full Story)
Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.9% in the fourth quarter, as spending by both international visitors in Canada and Canadians touring at home increased. (Full Story)
Beer and liquor stores and agencies sold $20.3 billion worth of alcoholic beverages during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, up 2.0% from the previous year. Beer remained the alcoholic drink of choice for Canadians. (Full Story)
Led by increases in energy and food, consumer prices rose 2.6% in the 12 months to February after increasing 2.5% in January. (Full Story)
Retail sales rose 0.5% to $38.9 billion in January, a fifth increase in six months. Excluding sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales declined 0.5%. (Full Story)
In January, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits increased by 12,400 (+2.3%) to 561,100. This increase returned the number of beneficiaries to roughly the same level as in June 2011. (Full Story)
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