Canadian retail sales rose 0.2% to $50.1 billion in November, Statistics Canada announced Thursday, boosted by higher sales at gasoline stations and electronics and appliance stores.

The agency says sales were up in six of 11 subsectors, representing 37% of total retail trade.

Sales at gasoline stations were up 5.9%, boosted in large part by higher prices at the pump, while promotional events helped boost sales at electronics and appliance stores 12.9%.

Offsetting the gains, sales fell at motor vehicle and parts dealers 3.6% in November and sales at new car dealers fell 5.3%.

Excluding motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales rose 1.6%.

Retail sales in volume terms increased 0.3%.