New vehicle sales drop

The number of new vehicles sold declined 1.1 per cent in April to 134,529 as higher sales in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and the territories were erased by declines in the other provinces.

OTTAWA — The number of new vehicles sold declined 1.1 per cent in April to 134,529 as higher sales in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and the territories were erased by declines in the other provinces.

Statistics Canada reports preliminary industry data indicate that the number of new motor vehicles sold in May decreased six per cent.

Sales of trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) fell three per cent in April, erasing gains reported in the previous month.

The agency says passenger car sales increased 1.4 per cent, a third straight monthly gain.

Overseas-built passenger cars accounted for the advance, rising 5.4 per cent.

Sales of North American-built passenger cars fell 0.8 per cent after three months of gains.

In April, higher sales in Quebec (up 0.6 per cent), Ontario (0.4) and the region formed by British Columbia and the territories (0.9) were more than offset by declines in the other provinces.

The largest decline in units sold was in Alberta (down 2.5 per cent), following three straight months of increases.

The remaining provinces posted decreases ranging from 5.9 per cent in New Brunswick to 9.2 in Manitoba.