Statistics Canada said today in Ottowa that retail sales in Canada rose 0.5 percent in January, after falling 0.2 percent (revised to 0.0 percent) in December, beating analysts' median estimates of 1.8 percent.

Retail Sales less Autos in January dropped 0.5 percent, down from a flat estimates (revised to 0.3 percent) in the prior month and bleow median estimates of 0.5 percent.