Issue 18-142 Manufacturing Sales

August 16, 2018

B.C. manufacturing sales (seasonally adjusted) went up by 1.7% in June compared to May. Higher sales of non-metallic mineral products (+11.0%), primary metal manufacturing (+10.6%), and wood products (+2.6%) contributed most to the monthly gain. Notable decreases were observed in sales of computer and electronic products (‑6.3%), and chemical manufacturing (-5.3%).

Nationally, sales of manufactured goods increased by 1.1% in June compared to the previous month, with sales of petroleum and coal products (+15.9%), and fabricated metal products (+3.0%) posting the largest gains.

Manufacturing sales were up in five provinces. The largest increases were observed in Quebec (+3.8%) and Alberta (+3.7%), led by higher sales of petroleum and coal products after temporary maintenance shutdowns in April and May. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan (-11.1%) saw the largest sales drop in the month.

Data Source: Statistics Canada