Issue 17-107: Manufacturing Sales

September 19, 2017

B.C. manufacturing sales (seasonally adjusted) fell by 1.6% in July compared to the previous month. The decline was widespread, with both the durable and non-durable goods components falling in the month. Electrical equipment, appliance and component manufacturing (-12.1%), and primary metal manufacturing (‑9.3%) saw large declines in the month. Fabricated metal product (+4.2%) and wood product (+1.6%) manufacturing registered the largest increases in July.

Across Canada, sales decreased by 2.6% in July compared to the previous month. The decrease was concentrated in the sales of motor vehicle (-19.9%) and motor vehicle parts (-11.3%). Notable increases were observed in the wood product and primary metal manufacturing sales.

Manufacturing sales were down in most provinces, with the exception of Nova Scotia (+5.5%), Quebec (+4.3%) and Saskatchewan (+1.2%). The largest decline among provinces was observed in Newfoundland and Labrador (-7.4%) followed by Ontario (-6.1%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada