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January 2012 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Sales for the food services and drinking places industry were up 0.2% from December to $4.3 billion in January. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants increased 0.4%, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

In January, two of the four industry sectors posted higher sales compared with December: the special food services sector (+0.6%), which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services, and the limited-service restaurant sector (+0.6%).

Sales in the full-service restaurant sector declined 0.1%, while sales in drinking places were down 0.4%.

In January, sales were up in six provinces. The largest increase in sales occurred in Alberta (+1.6%), while the largest decrease was in Saskatchewan (-0.8%).

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 without charge in 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 Yukman Cheung (613-951-8354;, Service Industries Division.