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Food services and drinking places, May 2018

Released: 2018-07-23

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.9 billion

May 2018

1.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$72.2 million

May 2018

3.1% increase

(monthly change)

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

$22.2 million

May 2018

-0.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$138.5 million

May 2018

-1.4% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$101.6 million

May 2018

3.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,108.0 million

May 2018

2.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,363.7 million

May 2018

2.0% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$174.1 million

May 2018

1.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$162.5 million

May 2018

1.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$772.7 million

May 2018

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$998.5 million

May 2018

2.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.5 million

May 2018

6.5% increase

(monthly change)

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

$8.6 million

May 2018

1.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.2 million

May 2018

-1.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Following a decrease in April, sales in the food services and drinking places subsector were up 1.9% to $5.9 billion in May. Higher sales at limited-service restaurants (+2.4%) and full-service restaurants (+1.8%) accounted for all of the increase. Slight decreases were reported in the special food services industry group (-0.1%) and drinking places (-0.2%).

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

Following decreases in the previous month, sales bounced back in most of the provinces, with the largest increases being in Ontario (+2.0%), Quebec (+2.4%) and British Columbia (+2.4%). The only decreases were in Nova Scotia (-1.4%) and Prince Edward Island (-0.6%).

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 year over year in May

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

Unadjusted year-over-year sales were up in the food services and drinking places subsector, increasing 5.7% in May compared with May 2017. Sales in each of the following industry groups increased: full-service restaurants (+6.5%), limited service restaurants (+5.8%), drinking places (+5.2%) and special food services (+1.1%). Sales increased in nine provinces, with the largest gains in dollar terms being in Ontario (+7.2%), Quebec (+6.0%) and British Columbia (+7.3%).

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 4.5% in May compared with May 2017 and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments were up 2.5% in the same period.


  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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