Canadian Manufacturing

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales up 0.5% in February

The overall increase came despite rail blockades in different parts of the country and the impact of COVID-19

April 16, 2020  The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales increased 0.5% to $56.2 billion in February, boosted by higher sales in the transportation equipment industry.

The overall increase came despite rail blockades in different parts of the country and the impact of COVID-19 on global supply chains.

The agency says the impact of the blockades, along with COVID-19 disruptions in February reduced manufacturing sales by an estimated $465 million or 0.8%.

Without the disruptions, total manufacturing sales would have risen by an estimated 1.3% in February compared with January, it says.

Sales were up in 11 of 21 industries of the industries tracked, representing 58.4% of total Canadian manufacturing.

In constant dollar terms, sales were up 0.8%, indicating that a higher volume of products was sold in February.


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