Food services and drinking places, May 2016
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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.
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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