Issue 19-42 Manufacturing Sales

March 15, 2019

Manufacturing sales in British Columbia were notably higher (+2.4%, seasonally adjusted) in January, more than recovering from a 1.3% decrease in the previous month. Non-durables were up 1.7% as a result of stronger sales from producers of food (+1.2%), paper (+2.1%) and printing and related support activities (+1.3%) products. On the other hand, sales by manufacturers of chemical products showed less promise (-4.0%). Among durable goods (+2.8%), increased sales by the wood (+4.3%), machinery (+7.6%) and transportation equipment (+35.5%) industries were among those acting to offset declining shipments from primary (-14.3%) and fabricated (-4.8%) metal producers.

Canadian manufacturing sales were up 1.0%, with the electrical equipment, appliance and component industry recording the largest increase in January. Manufacturers in New Brunswick led the way in provincial gains, registering a 15.4% boost. However, in dollar terms, Ontario (+1.7%), Alberta (+2.5%) and B.C. were responsible for most of the national climb.

Data Source: Statistics Canada