Issue 17-148 Manufacturing Sales

November 16, 2017

B.C. manufacturing sales (seasonally adjusted) went up by 0.4% in September compared to August, led by increases in computer and electronic product (+14.2%) and primary metal (+7.4%) manufacturing. The gain was concentrated in the non‑durable goods industries (+0.7%), while durable goods sales saw little change (+0.1%) in the month. Notable declines were observed in fabricated metal product (‑5.8%) and furniture and related product (‑5.2%) manufacturing sales.

Nationally, sales increased by 0.5% in September compared to the previous month. An increase in sales of non‑durable goods industries (+1.7%) more than offset a decrease of durable goods sales (-0.5%). The gain was mainly due to larger petroleum and coal products (+10.3%) manufacturing sales.

Manufacturing sales were up in seven of the provinces, with the largest provincial increases observed in New Brunswick (+13.1%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (+7.4%). Quebec recorded the largest dollar growth in sales among provinces, reaching a record high of almost $13.3 billion. Declines were observed in Nova Scotia (‑3.6%), Ontario (‑0.9%) and Alberta (‑0.9%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada