Canadian retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.2 percent in May for the second straight month said Statistics Canada. Excluding the auto sector, sales decreased 0.1 percent, while sales in volume terms rose 0.4 percent, following an upward trend since the start of 2009. Reuters forecasted a 0.4 percent decrease in retail sales in May. Statistics Canada revised April’s month-on-month fall to 2.2 percent from an initially reported 2.0 percent decline. Two of the largest declines in the month were at gasoline stations, down 2.3 percent, and the building material and garden equipment supplies sector which fell 4.1 percent. “This is a much better report than the headline suggests for two reasons,” said Scotia Capital’s Derek Holt and Gorica Djeric in a note to clients. “First, the dollar value of retail sales, excluding autos and gasoline station sales, actually climbed 0.2 percent so it was gas prices that distorted the headline and the core sales measure that only subtracts autos.” Of the five sectors that registered gains in May, the largest increase was a 2.6 percent jump at clothing and clothing accessories stores.