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March 2011 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Sales for the food services and drinking places industry increased 0.9% from February to nearly $4.2 billion in March. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants increased 0.2%, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Since March 2010, sales for food services and drinking places have grown by 3.4%, while the price of food purchased in restaurants has risen by 2.7%.

In March, two of the industry's four sectors posted higher sales compared with the previous month. The increase in sales in March was mainly attributable to the 1.9% rise in the full-service restaurant sector.

Sales in the limited-service restaurant sector rose 0.2%.

Sales in the special food services sector fell 0.6%. This sector includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services.

Sales at drinking places decreased 0.2%.

In March, all provinces except British Columbia registered higher sales. The strongest increase was in Newfoundland and Labrador (+4.1%), while sales in British Columbia declined 0.6%.

Note: All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars.

Seasonally adjusted data are revised for the three previous months. Data are also revised annually. Revisions improve data quality and coherence and are based on information not available at the time of initial estimates.

Available on CANSIM: table 355-0006.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 2419.

To obtain data, or for more information, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-877-801-3282; 613-951-4612; To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Pierre Felx (613-951-0075;, Service Industries Division.