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The Daily

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
September 2006 (preliminary)

Total estimated sales of the restaurants, caterers and taverns industry reached $3.5 billion in September, a 7.3% increase over September 2005 on a year-over-year basis. (Data are neither seasonally adjusted, nor adjusted for inflation).

The largest year-over-year increases, at the provincial level, were in Alberta (+16.2%), Saskatchewan (+12.3%) and British Columbia (+10.1%). Ontario and Quebec, representing 39.7% and 20.6% of the industry in September, recorded respective increases of 5.5% and 4.0%.

The increase in sales, at the national level, was due to higher sales at limited service restaurants (+10.6%) and full service restaurant (+5.4%). These two sectors account for almost 86% of the sales for the industry. Food service contractors and caterers also posted respective increases of 8.0% and 4.2%. These two sectors account for almost 8% of the sales for the industry. The drinking places sector also increased 2.5% in September.

Note: Sales estimates at the provincial and national level were revised from October 2005 for Newfoundland and Labrador. The revision was made necessary because of corrections in reported data. To obtain the revised data, please refer to the CANSIM matrices mentioned below.

Note also that the Monthly Restaurants, Caterers and Taverns Survey (MRCTS) is currently being reengineered. The purpose of this new initiative, started last spring, is to revamp the survey and its infrastructure. These projects are carried out periodically (the last one dates back to 1995) to take full advantage of the technological advances and keep the survey up-to-date in terms of concepts and methods. The MRCTS reengineering will therefore maximize the use of GST data (which will reduce the response burden) and harmonize the MRCTS conceptual base with that of the Annual Survey of the Food Services and Drinking Places Industry, as well as with the upcoming changes to the Business Register and with the Department's general standards. The first estimates following the MRCTS reengineering should be released in the summer of 2007.

Available on CANSIM: table 355-0001.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2419.

For more information, to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, or to obtain more information about the redesign of the Monthly Restaurants, Caterers and Taverns Survey contact Alain Mbassegue (613-951-2011; fax: 613-951-6696,, Service Industries Division.

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