May 17, 2013 / 12:37 PM / 4 years ago

Canada wholesale trade rises 0.3 percent in March

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(Reuters) - Canadian wholesale trade rose 0.3 percent in March from February on autos, agricultural supplies and building materials, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

In volume terms, wholesale sales increased by 0.1 percent. Excluding the motor vehicle and parts subsector, wholesale trade was flat in March.

(Percent changes)

March Feb(rev) Feb(prev)

mo/mo yr/yr mo/mo mo/mo

Wholesale trade +0.3 +1.0 +0.1 0.0

Wholesale trade ex-autos 0.0 +0.6 -0.5 -0.6

Wholesale inventories +0.1 +3.9 +0.7 +0.6

Sectors:

Farm products -4.5 -6.8

Food/beverages +0.1 +1.7

Personal/household -0.9 -4.7

Motor Vehicles and Parts +2.0 +2.8

Building +0.6 +3.5

Machinery/equipment -0.5 +2.5

Misc. +1.4 -0.3

NOTE: Analysts surveyed by Reuters had forecast a gain of 0.4 percent in March wholesale trade from February. All figures are seasonally adjusted.

Reporting by Alex Paterson; Editing by Randall Palmer

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