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Food services and drinking places, September 2016

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Released: 2016-11-30

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.5 billion

September 2016

1.6% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$73.9 million

September 2016

-1.4% 

(monthly change)

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

$19.4 million

September 2016

1.0% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$134.1 million

September 2016

0.2% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$96.7 million

September 2016

-0.7% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,021.0 million

September 2016

2.3% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,186.0 million

September 2016

2.1% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$167.4 million

September 2016

2.2% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$156.1 million

September 2016

1.4% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$747.0 million

September 2016

-1.4% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$909.7 million

September 2016

2.5% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.1 million

September 2016

5.6% 

(monthly change)

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

$7.1 million

September 2016

-0.0% 

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.2 million

September 2016

5.0% 

(monthly change)

Total sales in food services and drinking places subsector increased by 1.6% in September. Sales surpassed $5.5 billion for the month and recovered all of the decline seen in August. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were 2.5% higher than they were a year earlier.

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

Sales increases are widespread

Warm weather across most of the country in September and a high amount of visitors to Canada contributed to sales increases across all industries in the subsector. According to Statistics Canada's International Travel Survey, the number of trips made by overseas residents were up 1.1% for the month and trips made by Americans were up 2.0%.

The largest increase was in the full-service restaurant industry, where sales rose 2.1% following a 1.5% declining in August.

Sales at limited-service eating places rose for the fourth consecutive month, increasing 1.2% in September.

Sales for the special food services industry group, which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services, were up 1.5% in September. At drinking places, receipts rose by 0.8%.

Sales up in seven provinces

Ontario (+2.1%) reported the largest gain in dollar terms in September, following a 2.5% decline in August.

Sales were up in Quebec (+2.3%) and British Columbia (+2.5%).

Sales in Manitoba (+2.2%) and Saskatchewan (+1.4%) both rose for the second consecutive month, although sales in Saskatchewan remained below the level reported in June.

Alberta (-1.4%) reported lower sales, while sales in Newfoundland and Labrador (-1.4%) were down for the second consecutive month.


  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.

Contact information

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