Canadian airport duty free continues hot streak, land border sales down

Canada’s airport duty free sales continued to grow in double figures in November 2014, while land border sales fell, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The national airport duty free sales for November 2014 were $22 million, an increase of 21% compared to November 2013 sales. For the year to date, airport sales are $291 million, up 18% versus the first elev en months of 2013.

The national land border duty free sales for November 2014 were $12 million, down 5.75% compared to November 2013. Sales at land border duty free shops for January/ November 2014 totaled $132 million, down 1.6% versus the same period in 2013.

Sales fell in three of the four land border regions in November, with Atlantic/Quebec the only region with positive sales. The Prairie Region’s sales for November were approx. $1 million, down 5.5%. Pacific sales were approx. $1.7 million, down 6%. Ontario reported approx. $7.2 million, down 7%. The Atlantic/Quebec region, with sales of $1.9 million, rose 1.2%.