Canada’s airports continue upward trend in August; land border sales flat

Canada’s airport duty free sales continued their impressive year in 2014, growing double digits in August, while the country’s land border sales were basically flat for the month.
According to the latest figures from the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), airport sales in August were $32 million, jumping 22% compared to August 2013 sales. For the year duty free sales are up 16% in Canada’s airports.
The August land border sales were $19.7 million, slipping .44% versus August 2013. Year to date 2014 land border sales are down 1.5%.
Alcohol, the largest category on the land border with 37.77% of the sales, had sales increase slightly in August, rising 1.44%. Tobacco, the second largest category with almost a quarter of sales, dropped .61% in August. The third largest category, Perfume/Cosmetics/Skincare, dropped 2.65% in August.
Regionally, land border sales were mixed in August.
Prairie Region sales were $1.2 million for the month, falling 1.69%. The Pacific Region, with August sales of $3.3 million, saw sales drop 4%.
However, Ontario, the largest region, had August sales of $10 million, increasing .71% versus August 2013. And the Atlantic/Quebec Region, with August sales of $4.6 million, increased .90% versus the same month in 2013.