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The Daily

Monday, April 28, 2008

Total operating revenues of businesses that primarily provide repair and maintenance services increased 4.4% to $19.0 billion in 2006.

Automotive repair and maintenance services accounted for the majority (62%) of revenues. The rest came from electronic, commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair services. (This survey excludes vehicle repairs provided by gasoline stations, retailers such as car dealers and retail chain stores.)

Modest increases in operating revenues for automotive repair and maintenance firms left profits relatively unchanged from the previous year.

Businesses that focus on electronic, commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair enjoyed strong growth for the fourth year in a row. Operating revenues reached $7.2 billion, up 10.9% from 2005.

Firms in most of the provinces earned more revenues in 2006 than in the previous year. Those in Alberta (+22.0%), British Columbia (+18.6%) and Saskatchewan (+12.0%) all posted double-digit operating revenue increases. These western provinces benefited from upturns in primary industries, such as agriculture, mining and oil and gas extraction.

Available on CANSIM: table 361-0006.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey numbers, including related surveys, 4720, 4721 and 4722.

Estimates for the reference year 2006 for the Annual Survey of Service Industries: Repair and Maintenance Services are now available.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods and data quality of this release, contact Susie Knox (613-951-6042;, or Veronica Utovac (613-951-0813;, Service Industries Division.