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Canadian Industrial Profile

Clothing and Department Stores

This industry profile provides a five-year forecast for Canada’s clothing and department stores industry.

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Published: December 3, 2019


  • Clothing and department stores often have small staffs. Over 80 per cent of businesses have fewer than 20 workers.
  • Around 4 per cent of Canadian household spending is on clothing and accessories.
  • Clothing and department stores account for 17 per cent of total retail sales, which has remained constant over time.