The Canadian Press
OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 1.0 per cent in September to $40.7 billion, the third consecutive monthly increase.
The agency says the rise was largely due to a 4.1 per cent jump in sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers.
Gains were reported in six of the 11 subsectors, accounting for 55 per cent of retail trade.
Excluding receipts at motor vehicle and parts dealers, sales were relatively flat.
After two consecutive monthly declines, sales at new car dealers increased 5.0 per cent, the largest monthly gain since January 2009.
Retail sales rose in nine provinces in September, with Ontario reporting the largest gain of 1.0 per cent in dollar terms.