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OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 0.3 per cent to $63.1 billion in December, led higher by gains in the motor vehicle and parts and the miscellaneous subsectors.
The increase for the final month of 2018 followed a decline of 1.1 per cent in November.
BARCELONA, Spain - Protesters backing Catalonia's secession from Spain clashed with police and blocked major roads and train tracks across the northeastern region on Thursday during a strike called to protest the trial of a dozen separatist leaders.
Regional police say they made three arrests when they met resistance trying to clear groups of protesters who had stopped traffic.
TORONTO - Hydro One Ltd. says favourable weather and lower taxes helped boost its fourth-quarter results as it reported a profit of $162 million.
The Ontario power utility says the profit amounted to 27 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31.
BRAMPTON, Ont. - Loblaw Companies Ltd. reported its fourth-quarter profit improved compared with a year ago when it was hit by restructuring and other one-time charges.
The retailer says it earned a profit of $221 million attributable to common shareholders or 59 cents per share for the quarter ended Dec. 29.