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Canadian retail trade in May jumped by 2.0 percent, its biggest increase in seven months, pushed up by sales at auto dealers and gasoline stations, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Economists in a Reuters poll had predicted a 1.1 per cent increase from April. The advance was the biggest since the 3.3 jump per cent recorded in October, 2017.

Sales at motor vehicles and parts dealers rose by 3.7 percent after a 3.8 percent decline in April, when many parts of the country were hit by experienced cooler than usual weather and freezing rain.

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Sales at gasoline stations increased by 4.3 percent, partially reflecting higher prices at the pump. General merchandise stores posted a 3.2 percent gain.

Sales rose in eight of 11 subsectors, representing 70 percent of retail trade. Stripping out the effects of prices changes, sales volume increased by 2.0 percent.

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