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Food services and drinking places, January 2016

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Released: 2016-03-31

Food services and drinking places sales

$5.1 billion

January 2016


(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector (+0.1%) totalled $5.1 billion in January, showing little change from December. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.5% year over year in January, following a 2.8% increase the previous month.

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

Seven months of gains in limited-service restaurant industry

Sales in the limited-service restaurant industry increased 0.9% in January, the seventh consecutive monthly gain.

The drinking places industry rose 0.7%, up for the third month in a row.

Receipts at full-service restaurants were down 0.4%, following a 2.7% increase in December.

The special food services industry group, which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services, posted a 1.4% decrease in sales, the fifth consecutive decline.

Sales up in four provinces

Quebec (+1.1%) reported the largest sales increase in dollar terms in January, the third consecutive monthly gain.

Receipts in British Columbia rose 1.0%, the seventh increase in eight months.

Sales in Ontario were flat following a 1.3% increase in December.

Receipts in Alberta (-1.1%) accounted for the largest sales decrease in dollar terms, followed by those in Manitoba (-1.5%).

Nova Scotia (-0.8%) reported the largest decline in the Atlantic provinces. Sales were down in Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.3%) for the third month in a row.

  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.

For information on trend-cycle data, see the StatCan Blog and Trend-cycle estimates – Frequently asked questions.

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