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Food services and drinking places, August 2016

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Released: 2016-10-31

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.4 billion

August 2016

-1.1% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$76.6 million

August 2016

-0.5% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — P.E.I.

$19.4 million

August 2016

-2.6% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$131.2 million

August 2016

0.5% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$97.0 million

August 2016

-0.4% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$998.5 million

August 2016

-0.6% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,149.0 million

August 2016

-2.5% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$162.7 million

August 2016

1.1% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$153.6 million

August 2016

1.4% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$754.2 million

August 2016

1.4% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$877.5 million

August 2016

-1.8% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$5.7 million

August 2016

-0.0% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.W.T.

$7.0 million

August 2016

2.7% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.0 million

August 2016

-3.5% 

(monthly change)

Total sales in the food services and drinking places subsector declined 1.1% to $5.4 billion in August, following a record sales level in July. Sales in August were at the second-highest level on record.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants grew 2.5% year over year, a smaller increase than the 2.7% rise reported the previous month.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector decrease
Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector decrease

Sales at full-service restaurants and in the special food services industry group decline after a strong gain the previous month

Sales at full-service restaurants were down 1.7% in August, following a 3.1% gain in July. This was the industry's first monthly decline in sales since March.

The special food services industry group, which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services, decreased 6.3%, offsetting the gains recorded in June and July.

Sales at limited-service eating places continued their upward trend, increasing 0.4%. In the drinking places industry, receipts rose 0.9% in August, after declining in July.

Following record sales in July, receipts decline in six provinces

Sales decreased in six provinces in August. Ontario recorded the largest sales decline in dollar terms, down 2.5%. Sales for full-service restaurants and, particularly, special food services were down, following strong gains in July.

Following record sales in July, sales in British Columbia fell 1.8% in August, largely as a result of lower receipts at full-service restaurants. This was the province's first decline in sales in 2016.

Receipts in Quebec (-0.6%), New Brunswick (-0.4%), Prince Edward Island (-2.6%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.5%) were down in August, following strong growth in July.

The Prairie provinces all reported higher sales, led by a 1.4% gain in Alberta.

Receipts in Saskatchewan were up 1.4%, following a decline in July. In Manitoba (+1.1%), sales also increased in August after decreasing the previous month.

Sales in Nova Scotia were up 0.5%, making it the only province to post a sales increase in both July and August.


  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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