Issue 17-169 Manufacturing Sales

December 15, 2017

B.C. manufacturing sales (seasonally adjusted) went up by 2.1% in October compared to September, led by an increase in primary metal (+7.0%) manufacturing. Miscellaneous manufacturing (e.g., sporting and athletic goods, doll, toys, games, and medical equipment and supplies manufacturing) increased by 12.2% in the month. Declines were observed in machinery (‑2.6%) and computer and electronic product (‑14.1%) manufacturing.

Nationally, sales of manufactured goods decreased by 0.4% in October compared to the previous month. Excluding sales of motor vehicles (‑6.7%) and other transportation equipment (-37.2%), national manufacturing sales were up 0.5%.

Manufacturing sales were down in six of the provinces, with the largest provincial decreases observed in Prince Edward Island (‑8.0%) and Ontario (-2.2%). Meanwhile, Alberta (+4.2%) recorded the largest dollar growth at almost one quarter of a billion dollars, while Nova Scotia (+6.2%) grew at the fastest pace among provinces.

Data Source: Statistics Canada