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May 2010 (Previous release)

Manufacturing sales increased for the eighth time in nine months, advancing 0.4% to $44.8 billion in May. The motor vehicle and parts industries were the primary contributors to the higher sales. Excluding motor vehicle and parts, total manufacturing sales edged down 0.1%. Constant dollar manufacturing sales rose 0.4% in May, the ninth consecutive monthly increase.

Higher sales were reported in 9 of 21 industries, representing 48.9% of total sales.

Manufacturing sales advance in May

Note to readers

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and are expressed in current dollars unless otherwise specified.

Preliminary data are provided for the current reference month. Revised data, based on late responses, are updated for the three previous months.

Non-durable goods industries include food, beverage and tobacco products, textile mills, textile product mills, clothing, leather and allied products, paper, printing and related support activities, petroleum and coal products, chemicals, and plastics and rubber products.

Durable goods industries include wood products, non-metallic mineral products, primary metals, fabricated metal products, machinery, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, appliances and components, transportation equipment, furniture and related products and miscellaneous manufacturing.

Production-based industries

For the aerospace industry and shipbuilding industries, the value of production is used instead of sales of goods manufactured. This value is calculated by adjusting monthly sales of goods manufactured by the monthly change in inventories of goods in process and finished products manufactured.

Unfilled orders are a stock of orders that will contribute to future sales assuming that the orders are not cancelled.

New orders are those received whether sold in the current month or not. New orders are measured as the sum of sales for the current month plus the change in unfilled orders from the previous month to the current month.

Industries manufacturing durable goods saw sales rise 1.6% in May, more than enough to counterbalance the 0.7% drop in the non-durable goods sector. Lower industrial prices in petroleum contributed to the decrease in non-durable goods.

Transportation equipment manufacturers led the gains

In the transportation equipment sector, which posted a 3.1% increase overall, the motor vehicle industry was up 4.6%, while motor vehicle parts manufacturing increased 2.8%. Other increases in May included miscellaneous manufacturing (+17.9%) and the food industry (+1.5%).

Half of the provinces post higher sales in May

Ontario (+1.5%) and British Columbia (+2.1%) led the five provinces posting higher sales in absolute terms in May. Nova Scotia (+2.9%), Alberta (+0.3%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (+0.6%) also posted gains.

Higher sales in Ontario were largely attributable to the motor vehicle (+4.5%) and motor vehicle parts (+2.7%) industries, as well as the miscellaneous manufacturing (+35.6%) industry. Manufacturing activity in Ontario has increased in five of the past six months.

In British Columbia, sales increased in paper manufacturing (+6.0%) and computer and electronic product manufacturing (+25.3%).

Sales were down in Quebec (-0.8%), New Brunswick (-5.3%), Saskatchewan (-1.7%), Prince Edward Island (-7.7%) and Manitoba (-0.5%) in May.

In Quebec, manufacturing sales were down in May following a 1.1% increase in April. An 8.4% sales decrease in the petroleum and coal product industry was price and volume based. The chemical industry (-7.4%) also contributed to lower sales.

Manufacturers in New Brunswick also posted lower sales following a strong April. Much of the decline was concentrated in the durable goods sector.

Inventory levels down

Inventory levels decreased 0.7% to $58.5 billion in May following a 0.1% rise in April. The largest inventory decline was in the petroleum and coal product industry (-15.5%). This was partially offset by a 3.4% increase in the fabricated metal product industry.

Inventory levels decrease in May

The inventory-to-sales ratio decreased to 1.30 in May, the lowest level since July 2008. The ratio continued the downward trend which began in the spring of 2009.

The inventory-to-sales ratio decreases in May

Unfilled orders increase

Unfilled orders increased 1.3% to $53.4 billion in May. This advance was largely driven by the aerospace product and parts (+1.2%) and the machinery manufacturing industries (+3.0%).

Unfilled orders increase in May

New orders increased 2.5% to $45.5 billion in May. Most of the increases were in the aerospace product and parts, fabricated metal product and machinery manufacturing industries.

Available on CANSIM: tables 304-0014, 304-0015 and 377-0008.

Table 304-0014: Canada data (sales, inventories, orders) by industry.

Table 304-0015: Provincial sales by industry.

Table 377-0008: Constant dollar sales, inventories and orders.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2101.

Data from the June Monthly Survey of Manufacturing will be released on August 17.

For a more detailed synopsis of the trends and indicators that affected manufacturers in 2009, consult "Manufacturing: The year 2009 in review" article released in Analysis in Brief (11-621-M, free) on June 24, 2010.

For more information, or to order data, contact the dissemination officer (toll-free 1-866-873-8789; 613-951-9497; fax: 613-951-3877; manufact@statcan.gc.ca). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Gwen Harding (613-951-1179, gwen.harding@statcan.gc.ca), Manufacturing and Energy Division.

Table 1

Manufacturing: Principal statistics
  May 2009 April 2010r May 2010p April to May 2010 May 2009 to May 2010
  Seasonally adjusted
  $ millions % change1
Manufacturing sales (current dollars) 38,488 44,639 44,839 0.4 16.5
Manufacturing sales (2002 constant dollars) 36,174 41,296 41,445 0.4 14.6
Manufacturing sales excluding motor vehicles, parts and accessories (current dollars) 34,988 39,092 39,068 -0.1 11.7
Inventories 62,792 58,901 58,506 -0.7 -6.8
Unfilled orders 58,648 52,691 53,396 1.3 -9.0
Unfilled orders excluding motor vehicles, parts and accessories 57,850 52,026 52,740 1.4 -8.8
New orders 34,047 44,437 45,545 2.5 33.8
New orders excluding motor vehicles, parts and accessories 30,626 38,728 39,782 2.7 29.9
Inventory-to-sales ratio 1.63 1.32 1.30 ... ...
revised
preliminary
not applicable
Percent change calculated at thousands of dollars for current dollars, and millions of dollars for constant dollars.

Table 2

Manufacturing sales: Industry aggregates
Major group of industries May 2009 April 2010r May 2010p April to May 2010 May 2009 to May 2010
  Seasonally adjusted
  $ millions % change1
Food manufacturing 6,671 6,989 7,091 1.5 6.3
Beverage and tobacco product 862 891 890 -0.1 3.2
Textile mills 120 131 135 3.1 12.9
Textile product mills 133 156 158 0.9 18.1
Clothing manufacturing 213 172 185 7.2 -13.2
Leather and allied product 31 32 32 -1.1 2.8
Wood product 1,323 1,653 1,652 -0.1 24.8
Paper manufacturing 1,990 2,173 2,217 2.0 11.4
Printing and related support activities 739 708 703 -0.7 -4.9
Petroleum and coal product 4,511 5,574 5,469 -1.9 21.3
Chemical 3,467 3,827 3,635 -5.0 4.9
Plastics and rubber products 1,517 1,790 1,781 -0.5 17.4
Non-metallic mineral product 967 1,132 1,126 -0.5 16.5
Primary metal 2,459 3,507 3,466 -1.2 40.9
Fabricated metal product 2,340 2,478 2,470 -0.3 5.6
Machinery 2,158 2,251 2,283 1.4 5.8
Computer and electronic product 1,416 1,332 1,357 1.9 -4.2
Electrical equipment, appliance and component 753 794 787 -1.0 4.4
Transportation equipment 5,142 7,329 7,556 3.1 47.0
Motor vehicle 2,358 3,875 4,052 4.6 71.9
Motor vehicle body and trailer 210 244 237 -3.0 12.8
Motor vehicle parts 1,142 1,672 1,719 2.8 50.6
Aerospace product and parts 959 1,181 1,194 1.1 24.5
Railroad rolling stock 64 98 106 7.7 65.4
Ship and boat building 112 114 105 -7.7 -6.4
Furniture and related product 837 901 882 -2.1 5.4
Miscellaneous manufacturing 839 818 964 17.9 14.9
Non-durable goods industries 20,253 22,443 22,296 -0.7 10.1
Durable goods industries 18,235 22,195 22,543 1.6 23.6
revised
preliminary
Percent change calculated at thousands of dollars.

Table 3

Manufacturing sales:  Provinces and territories
  May 2009 April 2010r May 2010p April to May 2010 May 2009 to May 2010
  Seasonally adjusted
  $ millions % change1
Canada 38,488 44,639 44,839 0.4 16.5
Newfoundland and Labrador 263 454 457 0.6 74.0
Prince Edward Island 111 102 94 -7.7 -15.4
Nova Scotia 773 787 810 2.9 4.7
New Brunswick 1,179 1,534 1,453 -5.3 23.2
Quebec 9,870 11,160 11,070 -0.8 12.2
Ontario 17,026 20,563 20,862 1.5 22.5
Manitoba 1,243 1,152 1,147 -0.5 -7.7
Saskatchewan 946 1,016 999 -1.7 5.6
Alberta 4,458 4,982 4,999 0.3 12.1
British Columbia 2,615 2,887 2,946 2.1 12.7
Yukon 2 2 3 21.6 25.2
Northwest Territories and Nunavut 1 1 1 14.7 -39.4
revised
preliminary
Percent change calculated at thousands of dollars.