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Food services and drinking places, February 2016

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Released: 2016-04-29

Food services and drinking places sales

$5.1 billion

February 2016


(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector edged down 0.1% to $5.1 billion in February. Prices for food purchased from restaurants rose 2.7% year over year in February, following a 2.5% increase the previous month.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Food services and drinking places sales edge down in February
Food services and drinking places sales edge down in February

Full-service restaurant industry sales decrease

Sales in the full-service restaurant industry decreased 0.6% in February, down for the second month in a row following December's sharp increase.

The special food services industry group, which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services, posted a 0.8% decrease in sales, the sixth consecutive decline.

Sales in the drinking places industry decreased 1.2%, down for the first time in four months.

Receipts at limited-service restaurants recorded their eighth consecutive monthly increase, rising 0.5% in February.

Lower sales in four provinces

Quebec (-0.8%) reported the largest sales decline in dollar terms, the first decrease in four months.

Sales were down 0.9% in British Columbia in February, following two consecutive monthly gains.

Alberta (-0.3%) reported lower sales for the fifth time in six months.

Ontario (+0.3%) accounted for the largest gain in dollar terms, offsetting the decline in January.

Sales in Nova Scotia rose 1.6%, the fourth increase in five months.

Receipts in Saskatchewan were up 0.7%, the third consecutive monthly gain.

Sales in Manitoba rose 0.7% in February, following a 1.5% decrease in January. This was the seventh increase in eight months.

  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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