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Manufacturing sales down in February: StatsCan


April 17, 2012
By The Canadian Press

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Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 0.3 percent to $49.1 billion in February, following a decrease in January.

The agency says sales were down in the motor vehicle assembly, food and motor vehicle parts industries.

Those declines were mostly offset by increases in the aerospace product and parts, non-metallic mineral products and petroleum and coal products industries.

Sales decreased in 11 of 21 industries representing approximately 64 percent of manufacturing.

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Sales of durable goods rose 0.2 percent, while sales of non-durable goods fell 0.8 percent.

In constant dollar terms, manufacturing sales fell 0.1 percent in February, indicating a decrease in the volume of manufactured goods.