Issue 16-215: Manufacturing Sales

November 16, 2016

Manufacturing sales in British Columbia were slightly higher (+0.6%, seasonally adjusted) in September, following a 1.6% increase in the previous month. Non-durables were up 1.3% as a result of stronger sales from producers of food (+2.8%), paper (+4.6%) and printing and related support activities (+4.9%) products. On the other hand, sales by manufacturers of chemical products showed less promise (-6.3%). Among durable goods (+0.1%), increased sales by the transportation equipment (+28.1%), fabricated metal (+5.0%) and machinery (+1.7%) industries were among those acting to offset declining shipments from wood (-2.9%) and primary metal (-9.4%) producers.

Canadian manufacturing sales were up 0.3%, with the transportation equipment and fabricated metal industries recording the largest increases in September. Manufacturers in Newfoundland and Labrador led the way in provincial gains, registering a 4.4% boost. However, in dollar terms, Quebec (+1.7%) and Ontario (+0.3%) were responsible for most of the national climb.

Data Source: Statistics Canada