What are we buying?

A shopper carries shopping bags in hand on Carlton Street in downtown Toronto. (Ernest Doroszuk QMI...

A shopper carries shopping bags in hand on Carlton Street in downtown Toronto. (Ernest Doroszuk QMI AGENCY)

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Are Canadians bigger booze hounds now than we were 16 years ago?

That's a big 10-4 good buddy.

According to Statistics Canada’s national monthly survey of large retailers, Canadians bought about $909,200,000 more booze in August 2013 than in 1997.

But we aren’t just spending more on booze. Pet supplies, exercise equipment and fresh fruit and vegetables show large increases. Meanwhile, women’s pantyhose appears to be on the decline.

Click on the chart above to see how much more or less Canadians are spending on different commodities.


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