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Canadian Retail Sales Plunge Amid Pandemic Lockdowns

  • Retailers see receipts drop about one-quarter since February
  • Numbers show the extent to which lockdowns hit sector
A shopper wears a protective mask on Queen St. West in Toronto on May 19.

A shopper wears a protective mask on Queen St. West in Toronto on May 19.

Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg
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Canadian retail sales have plunged by about one-quarter over the past two months as the sector was hit by the pandemic induced shutdown.

Retailers sold 10% fewer goods in March than February, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa. April was even worse, with preliminary estimates for a further 16% drop last month, the agency said. Both are record declines.