Issue 16-25: Manufacturing Sales

February 16, 2016

Sales of goods manufactured in British Columbia ended 2015 on a high note, climbing 0.7% (seasonally adjusted) in December. Several industries in the sector recorded increased sales, but the lion’s share of the boost was attributable to the wood products industry (+3.3%), as well as the non-metallic mineral (+4.9%) and machinery (+4.4%) industries. Meanwhile, makers of fabricated metals (-8.1%), furniture (-1.5%) and transportation equipment (-0.2%) were among others who saw sales drop. All told, durable goods manufacturers experienced a 1.1% increase in shipments.

Despite the fact that shipments of paper products (+3.5%) recovered the ground lost in the previous month (-3.5% in November), the weight of slower sales of food (-2.5%), leather (-2.4%) and chemical (-0.1%) products was enough to drive the overall increase in total sales of non-durables down to just 0.1%. Nationally, shipments climbed 1.2% in December. With the exception of P.E.I. (-5.6%), Alberta (-2.4%) and Manitoba (-0.6%), every province posted higher sales, ranging from a 16.8% jump in New Brunswick to a 0.7% climb in both B.C. and Ontario.

Data Source: Statistics Canada