April 17 (Reuters) - Canadian retail sales in February rose by 1.7 percent from January to C$42.25 billion ($34.77 billion), ending two months of declines on widespread gains including sales of motor vehicles and parts, Statistics Canada said on Friday.
Sales rose in all 11 subsectors of the monthly index. In volume terms, retail sales increased by 1.3 percent.
(Percent changes) Feb Feb Jan(rev) Jan(prev)
mo/mo yr/yr mo/mo mo/mo
Total +1.7 +2.5 -1.4 -1.7
Excluding autos/parts +2.0 +1.4 -1.5 -1.8
NOTE: Figures are seasonally adjusted. Analysts had, on average, forecast a rise of 0.5 percent in overall sales and an increase of 0.6 percent excluding auto sales.
Reporting by Peter N Henderson; Editing by Leah Schnurr