Large retailers saw sales jump in March

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Sales by Canada’s large retailers totalled $6.2 billion in March, which represents an eight per cent increase over last year.

This builds on February’s success when sales totalled $5.1 billion — a 4.2 per cent increase over February 2000.

All major commodity groups recorded year-over-year sales increases except hardware and lawn and garden products.

Health and personal care products and home furnishings and electronics posted the largest gains in March.

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