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Food services and drinking places, July 2019

Released: 2019-09-24

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$6.2 billion

July 2019

-0.4% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$73.7 million

July 2019

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

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

$25.2 million

July 2019

-0.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$145.2 million

July 2019

0.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$108.0 million

July 2019

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,175.6 million

July 2019

-0.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,481.3 million

July 2019

-0.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$180.0 million

July 2019

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$160.0 million

July 2019

2.3% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$801.3 million

July 2019

-0.5% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$1,037.5 million

July 2019

-1.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.3 million

July 2019

1.9% increase

(monthly change)

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

$6.8 million

July 2019

0.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$1.4 million

July 2019

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector declined 0.4% to $6.2 billion in July on a seasonally adjusted basis. Sales were down at limited-service restaurants (-0.6%), full-service restaurants (-0.4%) and drinking places (-1.4%), while sales increased at special food services (+1.3%).

Half of the provinces reported lower sales, with the largest decreases in dollar terms in Ontario (-0.6%), British Columbia (-1.0%) and Alberta (-0.5%). Sales increased in the other provinces, with the largest gain in Saskatchewan (+2.3%), following a sharp decline (-3.1%) in June.

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

Further information can be found in the dashboard "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 increase in the food services and drinking places subsector is primarily a result of higher prices

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

Unadjusted sales for July 2019 were up 2.5% in the food services and drinking places subsector compared with July 2018, driven by higher prices. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food purchased from restaurants rose 2.6% year over year, while the CPI for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments increased 1.7%.

Sales were up at full-service restaurants (+2.4%), limited-service restaurants (+2.4%) and special food services (+4.4%), while sales declined at drinking places (-0.3%).

Sales increased in every province year over year, with Ontario (+3.3%) contributing to half of the total national increase. British Columbia (+2.2%) and Quebec (+1.7%) were the next largest contributors to the national total. Saskatchewan (+0.4%) posted the lowest year-over-year sales gain in July.


  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 previous two months, and seasonally adjusted data are revised for the previous three months.

Contact information

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