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Food services and drinking places, August 2019

Released: 2019-10-22

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$6.2 billion

August 2019

0.3% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$73.1 million

August 2019

-0.3% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$25.0 million

August 2019

-0.9% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$144.7 million

August 2019

-0.4% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$106.9 million

August 2019

-0.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,183.0 million

August 2019

1.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,481.8 million

August 2019

0.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$179.6 million

August 2019

-0.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$161.4 million

August 2019

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$803.8 million

August 2019

-0.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$1,033.5 million

August 2019

-0.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.1 million

August 2019

-1.0% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$6.8 million

August 2019

2.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$1.5 million

August 2019

1.9% increase

(monthly change)

On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales in the food services and drinking places subsector increased 0.3% to $6.2 billion in August. Higher sales were reported in full-service restaurants (+0.4%) and limited-service restaurants (+0.4%), whereas sales in drinking places decreased 0.5%. Sales at special food services remained unchanged.

Three provinces reported increased sales. The largest increase in dollar terms was in Quebec (+1.4%), following decreases in the previous two months. Sales also rose in Ontario (+0.2%) and Saskatchewan (+0.9%). Sales decreased in seven provinces, but not enough to offset the increase in the two largest provinces. Alberta (-0.1%) and British Columbia (-0.1%) posted declines.

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 sales in 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 the food services and drinking places subsector increase

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 were up 3.0% in August 2019 from August 2018. Sales in each of the following industry groups increased: full-service restaurants (+3.5%), limited-service restaurants (+2.5%) and special food services (+5.3%). Sales fell in drinking places (-2.8%) compared with one year earlier. Sales increased in each of the provinces and territories, with the largest gains in dollar terms being in Ontario (+3.3%), Quebec (+3.5%), Alberta (+3.0%) and British Columbia (+1.7%).

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.7% from August 2018, and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments were up 1.0% 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 Blogand 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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