Alberta leads country in sales growth leading up to Christmas

CALGARY — Alberta led the country with the strongest retail sales growth during the fourth quarter of 2012, leading up to Christmas.

Moneris Solutions Corporation, Canada’s largest debit and credit card processor, reported Monday that Alberta’s growth in spending was 6.45 per cent compared with last year, followed closely by Newfoundland, at 6.42 per cent. Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario experienced moderate growth, with increases in spending of 4.35 per cent, 3.2 per cent and 2.66 per cent, respectively. Prince Edward Island showed the slowest growth in the country, ending the quarter with a 1.01 per cent increase in spending.

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