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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

September 23, 2020  The Canadian Press

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.

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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.


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