Quarterly financial statistics for enterprises, third quarter 2012

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Canadian corporations earned $72.2 billion in operating profits in the third quarter, up 3.7% from the previous quarter. This increase follows a 7.0% decrease in the second quarter.

Operating profits increased in 14 of 22 industries. Manufacturing industries led the overall increase, accounting for nearly 30% of the $2.6 billion rise in operating profits over the second quarter.

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Quarterly operating profits
Chart 1: Quarterly operating profits

Chart description: Quarterly operating profits

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In the non-financial sector, third-quarter operating profits rose 3.7% to $52.9 billion, following a 5.7% decrease in the previous quarter. The majority of the third-quarter increase came from the manufacturing industries, while most other non-financial industries experienced little change.

In the financial sector, operating profits increased 3.7% to $19.2 billion, following a 10.5% decline in the second quarter. Most third-quarter gains came from depository credit intermediaries.

On a year-over-year basis, operating profits for Canadian corporations were 3.1% higher in the third quarter. Profits fell 2.5% in the non-financial sector, while they rose 22.7% in the financial sector.

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Quarterly change in operating profits
Chart 2: Quarterly change in operating profits

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Non-financial sector

Operating profits in manufacturing increased 6.3% to $12.4 billion in the third quarter.

Increases were reported by 4 of 13 manufacturing industries, led by petroleum and coal products manufacturers. Their operating profits increased 54.2% to $4.3 billion as production rebounded following partial shutdowns at several plants for retooling and maintenance work.

Without this growth in operating profits in the petroleum and coal manufacturing industry, manufacturing profits would have fallen by nearly $800 million.

Profits for chemical, plastics and rubber products manufacturers fell 11.7% to $1.8 billion.

Operating profits of motor vehicles and parts manufacturers declined 18.9% to $768 million.

Primary metal manufacturing profits fell 19.4% to $624 million.

Profits for information and cultural industries rose 7.6% to $5.5 billion. Most of the increase came from the telecommunications industry, where profits rose 8.1% to $4.0 billion.

Profits in transportation and warehousing rose 14.6% to $2.9 billion.

Oil and gas extraction and support activities profits fell 1.3% to $2.2 billion.

Retailers' profits increased 1.8% to $4.1 billion, while wholesalers' profits rose 3.4% to $5.8 billion.

Financial sector

The third-quarter increase of 3.7% in the financial sector was driven by depository credit intermediaries, whose operating profits rose 7.2% to $10.7 billion. At the same time, profits for insurance carriers declined 11.7% to $1.3 billion.

Note to readers

Quarterly financial statistics are compiled using financial information provided by enterprises that derive this data from their financial statements. Starting on January 1, 2011, Canadian publicly accountable enterprises are required to replace Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (CGAAP) with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) when preparing their financial statements for fiscal years starting on or after January 1, 2011. Canadian private enterprises are required to replace CGAAP by Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises or IFRS. The adoption of new accounting standards by some enterprises since the beginning of 2011 may affect comparability with prior periods.

Quarterly profit numbers referred to in this release are seasonally adjusted and are in current dollars. The quarterly financial data for the first and second quarters of 2012 have been revised. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonal adjustment and identifying economic trends.

Quarterly financial statistics for enterprises are based upon a sample survey and represent the activities of all corporations in Canada, except those that are government controlled or not-for-profit. An enterprise can be a single corporation or a family of corporations under common ownership and/or control, for which consolidated financial statements are produced.

Profits referred to in this analysis are operating profits earned from normal business activities. For non-financial industries, operating profits exclude interest and dividend revenue and capital gains/losses whereas, for financial industries, these are included, along with interest paid on deposits.

Operating profits differ from net profits, which represent the after-tax profits earned by corporations.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table187-0001 and CANSIM table187-0002.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number2501.

Aggregate balance sheet and income statement data for Canadian corporations are now available through CANSIM. They are available at the national level for 22 industry groupings.

The third quarter 2012 issue of Quarterly Financial Statistics for Enterprises (Catalogue number61-008-X, free) will soon be available.

Financial statistics for enterprises for the fourth quarter will be released on February 26, 2013.

For more information, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; infostats@statcan.gc.ca).

To enquire about the concepts, methods, or data quality of this release, contact Daryl Keen (613-951-1810; daryl.keen@statcan.gc.ca) or Philippe Marceau (613-951-4390; philippe.marceau@statcan.gc.ca), Industrial Organization and Finance Division.