Canadian duty free industry closes 2011 with US$377 million in sales

CANADA. The Canadian airport and land border duty free industry posted overall sales of C$376 million (US$377 million) for the year 2011.

National airport duty free sales totaled C$234 million for the January-December 2011 period, a rise of +16% compared to the previous year. The month of December saw airport sales increase +27% to C$24 million.

National land border duty free sales grew a marginal +0.68% to C$142 million in the year, with sales in December amounting to C$11.5 million, an increase of +7.6%.

The figures were provided by the Canadian Border Services Agency and released by the Frontier Duty Free Association.

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Regional Sales Figures – Land Border (Canada):

Prairie Region: The Prairie region saw sales of approximately C$752,000 in December 2011, an increase of +4% year on year. Sales for the year totalled C$10 million, declining -1.39% compared to the previous year.

Pacific Region: Sales in the Pacific region grew +1.44% to C$1.9 million in December 2011. For the January-December 2011 period, sales hit C$24 million – an increase of approximately +5% compared to the previous year.

Ontario: Sales saw a year-on-year rise of +11.5% to C$6.9 million. For 2011, sales totalled C$79.6 million with slight growth of around +0.26%.

Atlantic/Quebec: The sales figure for Atlantic/Quebec for December 2011 was C$1.8 million, an increase of +1.93% compared to December 2010. Sales in the year 2011 amounted to C$28.9 million with a slight decline of -0.81%.

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The main categories that dominated sales in land border duty free are as follows (in order of sales highest to lowest – based on December 2011 numbers):

1. Alcohol (liquor, liqueur, wine, coolers)
2. Tobacco, Cigars, Loose Tobacco
3. Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare
4. Beer (beer, malt-based coolers)
5. Food
6. Jewellery, Watches, Clocks
7. Clothing (including hats, fur, leather)
8. Accessories (purses, wallets, sunglasses, etc.)
9. Souvenirs
10. Glassware, crystal, china, figurines, porcelain
11. Office and Travel Supplies
12. Other
13. Crafts/Arts
14. Electronics, Cameras, Binoculars, etc.


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