Retail and wholesale

The retail industry is primarily engaged in selling consumer goods and related services to the general public. Retailers come in all shapes and sizes, from large chain stores and car dealerships to small independent stores as well as catalogue and Internet retailers.

Wholesale traders are essentially involved in the middle of the trading process, linking manufacturers to the marketplace. Statistics Canada provides statistical and analytical information on retail and wholesale sales by type (such as establishment and product) as well as providing financial information such as operating profits and expenses, profit margins, and cost of goods sold.

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