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Food services and drinking places, February 2019

Released: 2019-04-18

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$6.1 billion

February 2019

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$75.1 million

February 2019

0.4% increase

(monthly change)

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

$23.8 million

February 2019

3.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$142.4 million

February 2019

-0.8% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$103.7 million

February 2019

-0.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,166.1 million

February 2019

2.0% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,468.1 million

February 2019

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$178.4 million

February 2019

1.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$160.9 million

February 2019

-1.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$769.0 million

February 2019

-1.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$1,035.5 million

February 2019

-0.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$5.8 million

February 2019

-9.1% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$9.2 million

February 2019

1.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.8 million

February 2019

-20.4% decrease

(monthly change)

On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales in the food services and drinking places subsector increased 0.6% to $6.1 billion in February. Higher sales were reported in full-service restaurants (+1.7%) and special food services (+2.3%), whereas limited-service restaurants (-0.6%) and drinking places (-1.7%) were down.

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

Higher sales were reported in half of the provinces, with the largest increases in dollar terms being in Ontario (+1.1%) and Quebec (+2.0%). Alberta (-1.6%) posted the largest decrease.

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 up in February 2019

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 4.3% in February 2019. Sales in each of the following industry groups increased: full-service restaurants (+4.8%), limited service restaurants (+3.0%), special food services (+9.0%) and drinking places (+3.7%). Sales increased in all of the provinces and territories with the largest gains in dollar terms being in Ontario (+5.3%), Quebec (+6.3%) and British Columbia (+3.5%).

Year over year, prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.7% and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments were up 2.2% 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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