Issue 18-108 Food Services and Drinking Places

June 21, 2018

Revenues generated in British Columbia’s food service and drinking places industry shrank by 1.7% (seasonally adjusted) in April, led by a decrease in sales in full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places. Sales for the month were higher in drinking places and special food services establishments.

Nationally, sales in food services and drinking places also fell (-1.8%) in April compared to March. The drop was led by limited-service eating places (-2.6%) and full-service restaurant (-1.9%) sales. Special food services (+1.6%) and drinking places (+2.3%) saw sales increases.

Sales fell in eight provinces in April, with the largest declines in Ontario (-2.5%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-2.5%). Sales increased in Prince Edward Island (+0.9%) and Saskatchewan (+0.9%).

Data Source: Statistics Canada