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     OTTAWA (MNI) - The following are the key points from the October 
data on Canadian retail sales released Thursday by Statistics Canada: 
     - Total sales rose 1.5% on the month, beating analysts' 
expectations of a 0.5% gain in a MNI survey. This was the largest gain 
since January 2017. Sales reached record C$49.9 billion in October, 
lifting the 12-month growth rate to 6.7% from 6.5%. 
     - Gains were widespread with 7 of 11 subsectors recording higher 
sales, representing 79% of retail trade. Sales also rose in all 
provinces. 
     - The auto and parts sector led the increase, with a 3.3% monthly 
gain, the largest since February 2016, while gasoline station receipts 
fell 0.6%. 
     - Excluding autos and parts, retail sales rose 0.8%, also beating 
expectations of a 0.3% increase. Excluding gas, sales rose 1.7%. 
Excluding autos and gas, sales were up 1.1%. 
     - Sales volumes, more relevant to real GDP, were up 1.4% on the 
month after declining 0.5% in September. 
--MNI Ottawa Bureau; email: yali.ndiaye@marketnews.com 
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