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July 2011 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Sales for the food services and drinking places industry edged down 0.1% from June to $4.2 billion in July.

Since July 2010, sales for the food services and drinking places industry have risen by 5.1%, while the price of food purchased in restaurants has increased by 2.2%.

In July, three of the industry's four sectors posted higher sales compared with the previous month. The increased sales in these sectors offset lower sales for full-service restaurants.

Sales in the full-service restaurant sector fell by 0.4%, while sales at limited-service restaurants edged up 0.1%. Sales in the special food services sector rose by 0.3%. This sector includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services.

Sales at drinking places rose 0.4%.

In July, six provinces posted decreased sales, three saw increases while one remained unchanged. Following two months of increases, New Brunswick recorded the biggest decline in sales (-0.9%), while the biggest gain was in British Columbia (+0.4%).

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 the 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.