Statistics Canada released wholesale sales figures on Tuesday. Wholesale sales fell 0.1% in August, missing expectations for a 0.2% gain, after a 0.1% decline in July. July's figure was revised down from a flat reading.
Sales of automobiles and parts were down 1.2% in August.
Sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector declined 2.4% in August, while sales in the food, beverage and tobacco subsector decreased 0.4%.
Inventories climbed by 0.6% in August.