Canadian Retail Cannabis Sales Increased 36% in October to $364 Million

Statistics Canada released October retail sales for the country this morning, with cannabis sales increasing from September by 2.8% to C$364.2 million. The record sales were up 35.7% from a year ago, the lowest annual growth to date and down from 38.2% in September.

Hifyre IQ had forecast sales of C$360 million based upon its data. The data analytics provider has been estimating November sales to be 6% lower, which would be 7.2% below the actual October level and up 30% from a year ago.

COVID lockdowns have been weighing on retail sales, while an increase in the number of stores as well as falling flower prices that bring consumers from the illicit market have been boosting sales. In Ontario, the largest province in population, sales were up 3.0% from September and 77% from a year ago, reflecting the increase in the number of stores. Alberta, which is the second-largest province, was up 4% from September and up 12% from a year ago. Quebec was up 2%, while British Columbia was up 3% from September as it advanced 34% from a year ago.

Hifyre IQ estimated that product categories have been stable, with a slight decrease in flower towards pre-rolls over time. Derivative products continue to account for a relatively small amount of the market. Flower and pre-rolls represent, according to Hifyre IQ data, 72% of the market in October, slightly lower than in September, with another small gain in non-flower products projected for November, when flower and pre-roll are estimated to total 71.8%.

The November sales data will be released on January 21st.

Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online community 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email

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