Restaurant, bar sales rise in July for third straight month, StatCan reports
Sales at what it calls "drinking places" saw a whopping 40% increase in July
Statistics Canada says sales for food services and drinking places rose for the third month in a row in July, buoyed by the reopening of dining rooms and patios across the country.
The agency says the subsector recorded sales of $4.6 billion in July, up 17.1% compared to June.
Sales at what it calls “drinking places” saw a whopping 40% increase in July, Statistics Canada says, as bars, pubs and some nightclubs continued to reopen.
That was followed closely by sales at full-service restaurants, which rose by more than a third compared with June.
Statistics Canada says 8% of full-service restaurants were closed for the entire month of July, compared with 11% in June, 21% in May and nearly half in April.
The federal statistics agency says unadjusted sales in July were still down nearly a quarter compared with the same month last year.