Canada July duty free sales up

Canada’s duty free sales were up at both airport and land border stores in July 2016, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Airport sales were $39 million for the month, rising 19% versus July 2015. Through the first seven months airport sales are $220 million, an increase of 6.9%. Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare, the number one category in Canada’s airports with more than 37% of sales, rose 23.54% in July. Alcohol sales (20.58%) increased 21.83%. Tobacco sales were up 12.75% in July.

Land border sales were $20 million in July 2016, up 7.63%. Through July land border sales are $83 million, an increase of around 7%.

Alcohol, Canada’s land border’s number one category with 43.36% of sales, was up 14.91% in July. Tobacco (almost 19% of sales) fell 7.32%. Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare (14.79%) increased 4.74%.

Ontario, the largest land border region with $11 million July sales, rose 12% versus July 2015. Atlantic/Quebec sales were $4.9 million, a slight increase of 1.46%. Pacific sales were $3 million (up 6.59%), while Prairie region sales were $992,000, down around 4%.