November airport sales were up 6.15%. Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare, which makes up more than one third of Canada’s airport duty free sales, rose 11% in November. Alcohol (more than 20% of sales) grew 12.85% in November. Tobacco fell 6.92%.
Airport sales increased a very strong 17.28% for the January-November period.
Land border sales slipped 1.71% in November. Stronger alcohol sales could not overcome a drop in both tobacco and perfume sales. While Alcohol, the #1 category with more than 40% of sales, grew 6.87% in November, #2 Tobacco dropped 13.5% for the month, and the #3 category, Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare, was down 10.4%.
For the first eleven months land border sales are still showing positive growth, up 3.38%.
Regionally, Ontario sales increased 1.17% and Atlantic/Quebec was up 0.42%, but Pacific sales dropped 7%, and the Prairie region fell 17% in November.