CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

Quebec posts the largest manufacturing sales gain

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A 5.9% increase in sales of aerospace products and parts helped Quebec lead all provinces in manufacturing sales grown in February. PHOTO courtesy Makino.

Manufacturing sales increased in five provinces in February, led by Quebec and followed by Alberta. Sales in Saskatchewan saw the largest decline, Statistics Canada records show.

Sales in Quebec increased 3.0% to $18.0 billion in February, primarily on higher sales of electrical equipment, appliances, and components (+26.3%) as well as production of aerospace products and parts (+5.9%). The gains were partly offset by lower sales of machinery (-4.1%). The primary metal subsector and aerospace product and parts industry group contributed to a 2.6% gain in total sales in MontrĂ©al in February.

In Alberta, sales rose 4.1% to $8.8 billion in February, with the largest increases in the petroleum and coal (+9.5%) and chemical (+7.7%) subsectors, which were also the major contributors to higher manufacturing sales in Edmonton (+6.2%) in February.

Following a 3.2% increase in Saskatchewan in January, sales in the province fell 12.8% to $1.9 billion in February, largely due to lower sales of chemical products and machinery. Higher sales of petroleum and coal products partly offset the decreases. The chemical subsector was the main driver of lower total sales in Regina (-16.1%) in February.

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