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Food services and drinking places, May 2016

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Released: 2016-07-29

Food services and drinking places sales

$5.4 billion

May 2016


(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector edged down 0.1% from the previous month to $5.4 billion in May. Prices for food purchased from restaurants rose 2.6% in the 12 months to May.

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

Sales down in the limited-service eating places industry

Sales in the limited-service eating places industry were down 0.4%, following five consecutive monthly increases.

Receipts in the drinking places industry decreased 0.8% in May, following a 1.8% increase in April.

Sales in the full-service restaurant industry were relatively unchanged in May.

Sales increased 1.2% in the special food services industry group, which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services.

Sales decline in five provinces

Sales in Ontario fell 0.7% in May, following a 1.9% increase the previous month.

Sales in Quebec were down 0.8% in May, the second decrease in six months.

Manitoba registered a 2.5% decrease, after two consecutive monthly increases, while sales in Saskatchewan fell 1.4%.

Sales in Alberta increased 2.5% in May, led by gains in the limited-service eating places industry.

Sales rose 2.4% in New Brunswick, on the strength of the full-service restaurant industry.

Receipts were up in British Columbia (+0.2%) and Nova Scotia (+0.4%).

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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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