Canadian cross-border shopping skyrocketed between 2006 and 2012

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According to a report by Statistics Canada, Canadian purchases for across the border have increased by 72 per cent from 2006 to 2012, rising from $4.7 billion to $8 billion. Total retail salesfor Canada also grew 20 per cent, rising to $468 billion. The results are due to the rising currency in that time period, averaging about 95 U.S. cents.

Canadians who live close to the U.S. border also choose to cross over for cheaper gas and grocery prices, Statistics Canada said in the report, also pointing out the retailer landscape difference, duty-free limits and economic conditions as factors that weigh in on the cross-border trend. CJ

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