Canadian airport and land border stores post strong September gains

CANADA. Airport duty free sales rose by +8% in September to C$36 million (US$27.2 million), according to the Canadian Border Services Agency (as reported by the Frontier Duty Free Association).

For the first nine months of the year, airport duty free sales rose +7.3% to C$306 million (US$231 million).

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Land border duty free sales increased +7.8% year-on-year to C$15.7 million (US$11.9 million) in September. Sales between January and September jumped +6% to reach C$117 million (US$88 million).

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In September, the Prairie Region saw sales of C$853,000 (US$644,244), up approximately +2.5%. However, for January-September, sales were down -5% to C$6.5 million (US$4.9 million).

Pacific sales in September were C$2.3 million (US$1.7 million), an increase of +7.2% compared to the same month in 2015. For January to September, sales rose +4.9% to C$18.8 million (US$14.2 million).

In Ontario, sales increased by +6.4% in September to approximately C$8.9 million (US$6.7 million). For the first nine months, sales rose +8% to C$67 million (US$50.6 million).

Atlantic/Quebec September sales rose approximately +13% to C$3.6 million (US$2.7 million). For January to September, sales increased +4.6% to C$25 million (US$18.9 million).

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The top-five land border duty free categories in September were alcohol (beer excluded), tobacco, beauty, food and beer.

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