Canada Retail Sales Fell in December

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OTTAWA—Canadian retail sales declined in December for the first time in four months, falling short of expectations on lower sales at general merchandise, electronics, and health and personal-care stores.

The value of retail sales in December fell 0.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis to 49.65 billion Canadian dollars ($39.18 billion), Statistics Canada said Thursday, following a revised 0.3% gain in the previous month.

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