Canadian duty free sales up in May

Canadian airport duty free sales rose 4% in May 2016, with land border sales right behind, increasing 3% according to the latest figures from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Airport sales in May equaled $30 million, up 4.63%. Number one category Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare (35.25% of airport sales) was up 1.78%. Alcohol (20.41%) increased 6.24%, while Tobacco (9.59%) was down 5.38%.
For the year, airport duty free sales are $146 million, an increase of 6.78% versus January/May 2015.
Canada’s May land border sales were $13.48 million, rising 3.05% in May. Alcohol, which accounts for more than 40% of land border sales (42.71%) rose 9.37%. Tobacco (21.26% of land border sales) slipped 9.53%. Perfume, Cosmetics, Skincare (14.78%) dropped 3.66%. Through May, Canada’s land border sales are $48.8 million, up 6.88% for the year.
Regionally, Ontario led the border sales growth in May, with sales of $7.6m, up 6.57%. Atlantic/Quebec sales were $2.9m, down .95%. The Pacific region’s sales of $2.1 million, falling 2%, while the Prairie region, $744,000, was down 5%.