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Canadian manufacturing sales up in June

Written by MA Staff

Manufacturing sales rose 0.6 per cent in June to $52 billion, the fifth gain in six months

The gain stemmed from a three per cent increase in non-durable goods sales, led by the chemical, petroleum and coal product, as well as the food industries. Excluding the chemical industry, which rose 8.6 per cent to $4.2 billion in June, total sales edged down 0.1 per cent in June.

In the petroleum and coal product industry, sales increased four per cent to $7.6 billion, while food sales rose 2.2 per cent to $8 billion in June.

Lower sales in the motor vehicle industry offset a portion of the gains in June. Sales in the industry were down 8.6 per cent to $4.5 billion, the first decrease following two months of strong gains.

Sales rose in six provinces in June, led by Alberta (up 4.7 per cent to $6.9 billion) and Quebec (up 2.3 per cent to $12.1 billion). A decrease in Ontario manufacturing sales — down 1.3 per cent to $23.8 billion — offset some of the gains.