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Food services and drinking places, November 2018

Released: 2019-01-22

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$6.1 billion

November 2018

0.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$72.0 million

November 2018

0.3% increase

(monthly change)

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

$22.7 million

November 2018

-3.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$140.6 million

November 2018

-2.7% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$103.5 million

November 2018

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,150.5 million

November 2018

0.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,424.4 million

November 2018

1.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$173.9 million

November 2018

1.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$159.0 million

November 2018

0.3% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$789.3 million

November 2018

-0.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$1,049.5 million

November 2018

1.0% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.8 million

November 2018

4.2% increase

(monthly change)

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

$8.2 million

November 2018

3.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$3.4 million

November 2018

4.1% increase

(monthly change)

On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales in the food services and drinking places subsector increased 0.7% to $6.1 billion in November. Higher sales at full-service restaurants (+1.6%) and special food services (+1.3%) more than offset the declines in October. Sales at drinking places were up 0.5% in November, while sales at limited-service restaurants edged down 0.2%.

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

Sales were up in seven provinces in November, with the largest increases in Ontario (+1.2%), British Columbia (+1.0%) and Quebec (+0.7%). Nova Scotia (-2.7%), Alberta (-0.2%) and Prince Edward Island (-3.0%) were the only provinces reporting declines.

Further information can be found in 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 and by province and territory. This dynamic application allows users to compare provincial and territorial data through interactive maps and charts.

Sales in food services and drinking places subsector increase in November

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

Unadjusted sales in the food services and drinking places subsector rose 5.6% year over year in November. Sales rose at full-service restaurants (+6.2%), limited-service restaurants (+4.6%), special food services (+8.6%) and drinking places (+4.4%). Sales were up in every province, with the largest increases in Ontario (+5.4%), British Columbia (+9.4%) and Quebec (+6.0%).

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 4.1% in November compared with November 2017, while prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments rose 3.4%.


  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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