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Food services and drinking places, July 2015

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Released: 2015-09-30

Food services and drinking places sales

$5.0 billion

July 2015

0.9% 

(monthly change)

Sales in the economy's food services and drinking places subsector increased 0.9% in July to $5.0 billion, more than offsetting the decline in June. Prices for food purchased from restaurants rose 2.7% in the 12 months to July.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Food services and drinking places sales increase
Food services and drinking places sales increase

Food services and drinking places sales increase

The two largest industries continued to trend upwards, reporting increased sales in July. Higher sales in the full-service restaurant industry (+2.0%) accounted for most of the gain, while the limited-service restaurant industry rose 0.3%.

Sales in the drinking places industry were down 1.7%. The special food services industry group, which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services, posted a 0.4% decline, following three consecutive monthly gains.

Sales up in eight provinces

Ontario (+1.4%) accounted for more than half of the national gain, led by increases in both the limited-service and full-service restaurant industries. Higher sales in Ontario coincided with the Pan-American games.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Food services and drinking places sales decrease in Alberta
Food services and drinking places sales decrease in Alberta

Restaurant sales increased 0.9% in Quebec, offsetting the decline in June. The gain in July was due to higher sales in the full-service restaurant industry.

Sales rose 3.6% in Saskatchewan, following a decline in the previous month.

Receipts were up in Nova Scotia (+2.4%), New Brunswick (+0.6%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (+1.5%) on the strength of both the full-service and limited-service restaurant industries.

Alberta reported a 0.5% decrease in July, partly as a result of lower sales in the full-service restaurant industry. Sales in this province have been on a downward trend since the beginning of 2015.

Sales decreased 2.1% in Prince Edward Island, the second monthly decline since February 2015.


  Note to readers

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars. For information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

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