Transportation equipment, down for the second consecutive month, decreased 1.3 per centClick image to enlargeAs the horrible year 2020 ground to an end, Canada’s manufacturing sector grew 1.7 per cent in November, largely as a result of higher inventory, according to the most recent data from Statistics Canada.

Both durable and non-durable manufacturing were up. This was the sixth increase in seven months—after a 0.5 per cent contraction in October—bringing the sector's output to within 3 per cent of its pre-pandemic activity.

Durable manufacturing rose 2 per cent, led by fabricated metal products  with 7.1 per cent growth. Machinery manufacturing (+3.8 per cent) and non-metallic mineral product manufacturing (+5.6 per cent) also posted growth. Transportation equipment, down for the second consecutive month, decreased 1.3 per cent.

Non-durable manufacturing was up 1.3 per cent in November as all subsectors—with the exception of chemical manufacturing (-0.8 per cent)—saw increases. The industries contributing most to this growth were plastics and rubber products (+4.1 per cent), petroleum and coal product (+3 per cent), paper (+3 per cent) and beverage and tobacco (+2.7 per cent) manufacturing.

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