By StatsCan

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When it came to home and personal products, wholesalers were able to take advantage of the so-called cocooning phenomenon and the strong housing market and home renovation boom that spurred on retail sales.
Wholesale sales of home and personal products, which include such merchandise as home electronics, household appliances, home furnishings, toys and sporting goods, rose 43%. Most of these sales (56%) were directed to retailers.
Between 1997 and 2004, the retailing of furniture, home furnishings and electronic stores had the second strongest growth amongst all retail outlets (+63%). Building and Outdoor Home Supplies Stores, an ever increasing source for home furnishings and appliances, had the strongest growth (+72%).
At the same time, fewer of these commodities are sourced within Canada. Wholesalers have been able to benefit by becoming primary buyers and distributors of these products manufactured elsewhere in the world. The growth in Canadian imports for consumer type products was amongst the highest between 1997 and 2004; house furnishings (+64%), watches, sporting goods and toys (+50%). More than half of the wholesale revenues earned on these types of commodities are sourced outside Canada.
Likewise, wholesale sales of apparel, which includes textiles as well, rose 21% between 1997 and 2004. And, like home and personal products, less and less of the clothes worn by Canadians are manufactured in Canada3. Apparel imports climbed 64% between 1997 and 2004. More than two-thirds (68%) of apparel wholesale sales are sourced from outside Canada.
On average, approximately 50% of apparel wholesale sales are directed towards retailers. However, sales to retailers advanced only 5%. In contrast, sales to industrial, commercial and other business clients rose 33%. This is a case where wholesalers were able to be suppliers of not only finished apparel to retailers, but suppliers of textiles to the Canadian industrial segment.

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