Retail sales stable in February

Retail sales edged down by 0.1 percent to $66.7 billion in February, according to the latest StatCan data. Sales were down in five of nine subsectors, led by a 2.2 percent decline at gasoline stations and fuel vendors. Core retail sales, which exclude automotive and fuel categories, were unchanged. Sales in the LBM and garden subsectors fell by 0.4 percent.