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* Retail sales up 1.1 pct in April to C$41.62 billion
* Fourth straight monthly gain, biggest in 11 months
* Volumes up 0.8 percent
* Sales ex-autos rise 0.7 pct vs 0.2 pct in March
OTTAWA, June 20 (Reuters) - Canadian retail sales beat expectations in April, rising 1.1 percent from March in the strongest gain in 11 months to an all-time record C$41.62 billion ($38.54 billion), according to Statistics Canada data on Friday.
The agency also revised March’s figure to a 0.1 percent rise from a 0.1 percent fall.
The median forecast in a Reuters survey of economists was for a 0.6 percent rise. Auto sales led the surge.
The volume of sales, relevant for real growth in gross domestic product, rose by 0.8 percent. Statscan had earlier reported a 1.2 percent rise in wholesale trade and a 0.1 percent fall in manufacturing sales for April.
$1=$1.08 Canadian Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Bernadette Baum