In groups of four, determine the trends in retail
and wholesale sales between 1998 and the most current year given on
the Statistics Canada Web site. Work in partnerships, with one partnership
doing a trend analysis of wholesale sales by commodities and the other
partnership doing a trend analysis of retail sales for the same period.
To perform a trend analysis, use 1998 as a base year and find the
percent increase or decrease for each subsequent year over that base
year. For example, if sales of food products were $1000 in 1998 and
$1500 in 1999, the formula would be [($1500 - $1000) /$1000] ´
100. Use spreadsheet software to do your trend analysis.
Collect data from the Statistics Canada site for wholesale
and for retail
. The partners doing the retail sales trend analysis should
use the major grouping of commodities only, for example, food, drug
and patent medicine, stores, and clothing.
Use the following organizers to help in your analysis: "Trend
Analysis-Retail Sales by Commodity, 1998-2001," and "Trend
Analysis-Wholesale Sales by Product Category, 1998-2001." Click
to download the organizers.