CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

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Ontario posts the largest manufacturing sales increase in January

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Manufacturing sales in Ontario posted the largest increase in January on the strength of the automotive sector. PHOTO courtesy Ford.

Manufacturing sales increased in seven provinces in January, led by Ontario and New Brunswick, Statistics Canada’s Monthly Survey of Manufacturing reveals. Sales in Quebec posted the largest decline.

Sales in Ontario rose 3.8% to $32.2 billion in January, led by higher sales of motor vehicles (+21.8%) and chemical products (+10.1%). The gains were partially offset by a 3.7% decline in sales of petroleum and coal products. Motor vehicle manufacturing also contributed to the higher sales in Windsor (+59.6%) and Toronto (+1.5%) in January.

In New Brunswick, sales increased 4.2% to $2.1 billion in January, largely on higher sales of non-durable goods (+5.4%). Despite the increase during the month, total sales in New Brunswick were down 6.1% on a year-over-year basis in January.

In Quebec, sales fell 4.2% from December to $17.3 billion in January, following two consecutive monthly increases. Lower production of aerospace product and parts (-20.6%) as well as lower sales of primary metals (-8.6%) were mainly responsible for this decline. The aerospace product and part industry group also contributed to a decline in total sales in Montréal (-4.2%) in January.

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