Food services and drinking places, April 2012 (preliminary data)

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Sales for the food services and drinking places industry decreased 0.4% in April from March to $4.4 billion. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants increased 0.2%, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

In April, all four industry sectors posted lower sales compared with March: the full-service restaurant sector (-0.4%), the limited-service restaurant sector (-0.4%), the drinking places sector (-0.4%) and the special food services sector, which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services (-0.1%).

In April, four provinces posted higher sales, with the biggest growth in Newfoundland and Labrador (+1.9%). Saskatchewan (-2.9%) recorded the largest decrease.

Note to readers

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 CANSIM table355-0006.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number2419.

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To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Yukman Cheung (613-951-8354;, Service Industries Division.