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Manufacturing sales increase in 7 provinces, led by Ontario and Quebec

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Ontario led the provincial pack in November with manufacturing sales increasing 1.6% to $31.9 billion. PHOTO courtesy Rapid Gear.

Manufacturing sales increased in seven provinces in November, led by Ontario and Quebec, while New Brunswick recorded the largest decline, Statistics Canada reports.

In Ontario, sales increased 1.6% to $31.9 billion in November, following three consecutive monthly declines. Higher sales of basic chemicals (+37.8%) and pharmaceutical and medicine products (+26.6%) were responsible for the increase. Sales of motor vehicles posted the largest decrease, down 5.0% to $4.8 billion in November. On a year-over-year basis, total sales in Ontario were up 1.9% in November.

In Quebec, sales increased 1.2% to $17.9 billion in November, mainly on higher sales in the primary metal subsector (+5.4%) as production ramped up in many non-ferrous metal plants. The increase was partly offset by lower sales of petroleum and coal products.

Leading the provincial decline was New Brunswick, where sales fell 5.4% to $1.8 billion in November, the second consecutive monthly decrease. The decline was concentrated in the nondurable goods subsector (-7.6%). Total sales were down 16.6% year over year in November.

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