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Food services and drinking places, April 2018

Released: 2018-06-21

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.8 billion

April 2018

-1.8% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$69.9 million

April 2018

-2.5% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$22.5 million

April 2018

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$138.7 million

April 2018

-0.3% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$97.8 million

April 2018

-2.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,085.4 million

April 2018

-2.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,335.6 million

April 2018

-2.5% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$170.6 million

April 2018

-0.3% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$159.9 million

April 2018

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$770.4 million

April 2018

-0.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$977.1 million

April 2018

-1.7% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$5.8 million

April 2018

-3.3% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$8.6 million

April 2018

-13.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.2 million

April 2018

-3.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Following a strong March, sales in the food services and drinking places subsector were down 1.8% in April to $5.8 billion. Lower sales at limited-service (-2.6%) and full-service (-1.9%) restaurants accounted for all of the decrease. Sales were up in the special food services industry group (+1.6%) and drinking places (+2.3%).

Chart 1  Chart 1: Sales at food services and drinking places
Sales at food services and drinking places

Colder than normal spring temperatures and an ice storm affecting Central and Eastern Canada may have contributed to decreased sales. Following increases in March, lower sales were reported in eight provinces, led by Ontario (-2.5%), Quebec (-2.0%) and British Columbia (-1.7%). The only increases were in Saskatchewan (+0.9%) and Prince Edward Island (+0.9%).

To find out more, consult the dashboard entitled Food Services and Drinking Places Sales. This web application provides access to data on the sales of food services and drinking places for Canada, the provinces and territories. This dynamic application allows users to compare provincial and territorial data with interactive maps and charts.

Sales in food services and drinking places subsector increase in April 2018

The figures in this section are based on unadjusted (that is, not seasonally adjusted) estimates.

Unadjusted year-over-year sales in the food services and drinking places subsector rose 3.1% in April compared with April 2017. Sales were up in each of the following industry groups: full-service restaurants (+2.8%), limited-service restaurants (+2.7%), special food services (+8.1%) and drinking places (+1.1%). Sales increased in seven provinces, with Ontario (+4.9%), British Columbia (+4.2%) and Quebec (+1.9%) posting the largest gains in dollar terms. Newfoundland and Labrador (-3.2%) reported the largest decline.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 4.5% in April compared with April 2017, while prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments were up 2.2%.


  Note to readers

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars unless otherwise noted. 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.

Data for the current reference month are preliminary. Usually, unadjusted data are revised for the two previous months, and seasonally adjusted data are revised for the three previous months.

Contact information

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