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Manufacturing sales decline in six provinces, led by Ontario and Alberta

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A shutdown in a major auto assembly plant for retooling as well as lower exports of motor vehicle parts to the United States due to the United Auto Worker's strike were mainly responsible for a decline in Ontario's manufacturing sales in October.  Despite the decrease from the previous month, however, total sales in Ontario rose 2.1% compared with the same month in 2022. PHOTO courtesy Okuma.

Manufacturing sales declined in six provinces in October, led by Ontario and Alberta, Statistics Canada records show. Nova Scotia posted the largest increase.

In Ontario, sales declined for the third consecutive month, down 4.1% to $31.5 billion in October, primarily driven by lower sales of machinery (-12.5%), motor vehicles (-3.6%) and motor vehicle parts (-6.1%). A shutdown in a major auto assembly plant for retooling as well as lower exports of motor vehicle parts to the United States due to the United Auto Worker’s strike were mainly responsible for the decline. Exports of motor vehicle engines and motor vehicle parts fell 9.4% in October. The motor vehicle and motor vehicle part industry groups also contributed to a 35.3% decline in total sales in Windsor for the same period. Despite the monthly decrease in October, total sales in Ontario rose 2.1% compared with the same month in 2022.

After three consecutive monthly increases, sales in Alberta fell 4.6% to $8.8 billion in October 2023, mainly attributable to lower sales in the petroleum and coal product subsector (-11.8%), which was also the main contributor to lower sales in Edmonton (-8.4%) for the same period.

Sales in Nova Scotia rose 4.4% to $915 million in October, primarily on higher production of aerospace products. On a yearly basis, total sales in Nova Scotia increased 3.5% in October.

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