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

Canadian fabricated metal manufacturing sales outpace national growth average

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Fabricated metal product manufacturing sales in Canada outpaced the national average, growing by 3.4% for the month of July and an impressive 9.5% year-over-year. PHOTO courtesy Prima Power.

Following a 2.0% decline in June, Canadian manufacturing sales bounced back in July, increasing 1.6% to $71.9 billion despite the negative impact from the British Columbia port strike during the month, according to Statistics Canada.

Sales in constant dollars rose 0.9% in July, while the industrial product price index increased 0.4% month over month.

Fabricated metal product manufacturing sales outpaced the national average, growing by 3.4% for the month of July and an impressive 9.5% year-over-year. Primary metal manufacturing sales performed almost as well during the month, growing by 3.3%. Year-over-year, however, sales were down slightly, shrinking by 0.4%.

The port strike in British Columbia disrupted supply chains primarily on the west coast of Canada and had moderate impacts on manufacturing activities. At the national level, the port strike impacted 13.2% of manufacturing plants in July, mainly through shortages of raw material (8.8%) and disruptions in transportation (4.9%).

Sales of motor vehicles rose 3.5% to $5.8 billion in July, the highest level since May 2017. Sales of motor vehicle parts rose 3.5% to $3.3 billion in July 2023, following a significant decline in June. Easing of global supply chains has helped auto manufacturers to produce and sell more motor vehicles, contributing to the higher sales for July. Exports of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts rose 2.1% in July.

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