Issue 18-176 Manufacturing Sales

October 18, 2018

Manufacturing sales in B.C. climbed 0.6% (seasonally adjusted) in August. Sales of manufactured food products were up for a fifth straight month (+1.1%), helping to drive total receipts for non-durables 1.9% higher. Meanwhile, sales boosts in some major industries were offset by declines in others, including a notable decrease in the wood (-3.7%) sector, resulting in a 0.2% stall in the value of durable goods shipped.

Nationally, sales slowed (-0.4% to $58.6 billion) following three months of increases. Sales of motor vehicles dropped 8.3%, the main reason for the decline in total Canadian shipments.

Data Source: Statistics Canada