Issue 17-128 Manufacturing Sales

October 18, 2017

B.C. manufacturing sales (seasonally adjusted) went up by 0.8% in August compared to July, led by increases in wood product (+3.2%) and primary metal (+5.3%) manufacturing. The increase was widespread, with both the durable and non-durable goods components gaining ground in the month. Computer and electronic product (-16.6%) and transportation equipment (-7.6%) manufacturing sales saw the largest declines in the month.

Nationally, sales increased by 1.6% in August compared to the previous month. The gain was mainly due to larger transportation equipment (+8.2%) and petroleum and coal products (+3.2%) manufacturing sales. Other notable gains were observed in clothing (+6.9%), beverage and tobacco product (+4.2%) and machinery (+4.0%) manufacturing.

Manufacturing sales were up in eight of the provinces, with the largest provincial increases observed in Newfoundland and Labrador (+10.7%) and Prince Edward Island (+4.1%). Declines were observed in Manitoba (-1.5%) and Nova Scotia (-1.2%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada