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Manufacturing sales down in Canada

January 23, 2009
By Alyssa Dalton

OTTAWA, Ont. – Manufacturing sales decreased for a fourth consecutive month in November, according to Statistics Canada’s Monthly Survey of Manufacturing. Sales fell 6.4 percent to $48.4 billion, the lowest level since December 2004.

Sales in 12 of 21 manufacturing industries decreased in November. In
fact, sales were down in the five largest industries, led by a 20.6
percent drop by petroleum and coal product manufacturers. Primary metal
manufacturers also reported significantly lower sales, down 17.4
percent to $4.1 billion. Sales in the transportation equipment industry
decreased 3.9 percent in November. Aerospace products and parts
production pulled back 22.5 percent, while chemical product
manufacturers posted an 8.7 percent drop in sales.
Every province
reported decreased manufacturing sales in November, ranging from a 0.3
percent decline in Saskatchewan to a 31.5 percent drop in New
Brunswick. Manufacturing sales fell by 7.6 percent in Quebec, while
Ontario’s manufacturing sales declined 3.9 percent. The decline in
Alberta’s manufacturing sales steepened in November, dropping 8.8
percent. Sales in British Columbia decreased by 3.6 percent.
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