According to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) national land border duty free store sales were up 4.74% to C$17m ($15.6m) in July and by 1.64% to C$74m ($68.2m) in the first seven months, compared
with national airport duty free sales for July which were down by 5.91% to C$15m ($13.8m) for July and down 2.27% to C$100m ($92.2m) for the first seven months.
In the first seven months, liquor – including spirits, wine, liqueurs and coolers – accounted for 39.35% or C$29.2m ($26.9m) of all land border store sales, followed by tobacco with 27.23% or C$20.2m ($18.6m), and perfume, cosmetics and skincare products with a share of 14.18% or C$10.5m ($9.6m).
The next two highest product categories included beer with a 5.63% share at C$4.1m ($3.7m) and food with a 4.62% share at C$3.4m ($3.1m).
In the first seven months on the airports side of the business, the leading product category was perfumes, cosmetics and skincare with a 31.09% share of the business corresponding to sales of C$31.3m ($28.8m).
Liquor – including spirits, wine, liqueurs and coolers – accounted for 22.77% or C$22.9m ($21.1m), followed by tobacco with 22.56% or C$22.7m ($20.9m) and food with 7.38% of sales corresponding to C$7.4m ($6.8m).