Retail sales in Canada fell 0.1 percent month-over-month in May 2019, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in the previous month and missing market expectations of a 0.3 percent rise. It was the first fall in retail trade in four months, as sales dropped at food and beverage stores (-2.0 percent), namely supermarkets and other grocery stores (-2.0 percent) and beer, wine and liquor stores (-2.7 percent); clothing and clothing accessories stores (-2.7 percent) and general merchandise stores (-1.1 percent). Meanwhile, sales at gasoline stations increased for the fourth consecutive month (3.5 percent); and receipts at motor vehicle and parts dealers advanced 0.5 percent, as lower sales at new car dealers (-0.1 percent) were offset by a rise in all other store types. Additionally, sales at cannabis stores (14.8 percent) rose, surpassing CAD 85 million. Year-on-year, retail trade went up 1 percent, slowing from an upwardly revised 3.8 percent increase in the prior month. Retail Sales MoM in Canada averaged 0.37 percent from 1991 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 3.70 percent in December of 1997 and a record low of -4.50 percent in January of 1998.