Wholesale sales rose 1.8 per cent to $54.0 billion in September. While higher sales were recorded in six of the seven subsectors, accounting for 83 per cent of total wholesale sales, the increase was led by the building material and supplies subsector (up 5.5 per cent).
The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in September was 494,400, little changed from the previous month. Compared with September 2013, the number of beneficiaries decreased by 18,000 or 3.5 per cent. Ontario was the only province with a notable decline in September, while there were more people receiving regular benefits in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba. There was little or no change in the other provinces.