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The Daily

Monday, September 29, 2008
July 2008 (preliminary)

Current dollar sales for the food services and drinking places industry declined for a second consecutive month, falling 0.3% to $3.9 billion from June to July.

According to the Consumer Price Index, the cost of food purchased in restaurants increased by 0.3% between June and July.

The overall decrease in July sales was due to a 2.2% drop at full-service restaurants where patrons order and pay for their meals at their table, as well as a 1.7% decline for drinking places. These decreases were partially offset by a 1.2% gain at limited-service restaurants where patrons order and pay for their meals at the counter, as well as 3.9% higher sales in the special food services sector comprising food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services.

Among the provinces, New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan posted gains in sales compared with the previous month. All other provinces showed decreases.

Note: Data prior to September 2007 from the new Monthly Survey of Food Services and Drinking Places were backcast to January 1998 using the old Monthly Survey of Restaurants, Caterers and Taverns. While every measure was taken to account for changes in survey concepts and design, some caution should be taken when comparing current estimates with those made prior to September 2007. Likewise, caution should also be exercised when using the seasonally adjusted estimates, as the seasonal adjustment factors are calculated using data from both the new survey as well as the backcast data. All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars unless otherwise specified. Estimates have been revised back to February 2008.

Available on CANSIM: table 355-0006.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2419.

For more information about the redesign of the Monthly Survey of Food Services and Drinking Places, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Marc Racette (613-951-2924; fax: 613-951-6696; or Joan Farnworth (613-951-6303;, Service Industries Division.

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