Retail sales in Canada fell 0.3 percent month-over-month in January 2019, the same pace as in the previous month and missing market expectations of a 0.4 percent gain. It is the third straight decline in retail trade, as sales declined mostly at motor vehicle & parts dealers (-1.5 percent), namely at new car dealers (-2.4 percent) and used car dealers (-2.7 percent). Also, lower sales were registered at general merchandise stores (-2.4 percent) and at gasoline stations (-0.4 percent), amid lower prices at the pump. Conversely, sales grew at building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (1.4 percent); at health & personal care stores (1.1 percent) and at food & beverage stores (0.4 percent), with gains from supermarkets and other grocery stores (0.8 percent) and beer, wine and liquor stores (1.4 percent). Year-on-year, retail trade grew 1.1 percent, after a downwardly revised 1.5 percent gain in December. Retail Sales MoM in Canada averaged 0.36 percent from 1991 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 3.70 percent in December of 1997 and a record low of -4.50 percent in January of 1998.