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Food services and drinking places, November 2019

Released: 2020-01-22

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$6.3 billion

November 2019

0.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$74.5 million

November 2019

1.0% increase

(monthly change)

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

$25.2 million

November 2019

1.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$149.3 million

November 2019

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$107.3 million

November 2019

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,232.7 million

November 2019

1.0% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,498.0 million

November 2019

0.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$178.9 million

November 2019

-1.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$157.1 million

November 2019

-1.9% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$807.3 million

November 2019

0.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$1,057.5 million

November 2019

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.8 million

November 2019

3.1% increase

(monthly change)

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

$6.4 million

November 2019

0.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$1.5 million

November 2019

-4.5% decrease

(monthly change)

On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales in the food services and drinking places subsector rose 0.5% to $6.3 billion in November. Higher sales were reported in all of the following industry groups: full-service restaurants (+0.9%), limited-service restaurants (+0.1%), special food services (+0.7%) and drinking places (+0.9%).

Eight provinces reported higher sales, with the greatest contributors to the increase being Ontario (+0.7%), Quebec (+1.0%) and British Columbia (+0.6%). Lower receipts were reported in Saskatchewan (-1.9%) in November, negating all gains from October. Manitoba (-1.6%) reported declining sales for the second month in a row.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Sales in food services and drinking places
Sales in 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 year over year

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

Compared with November 2018, unadjusted sales for November 2019 were up 4.2% in the food services and drinking places subsector. Sales increased in each of the following industry groups: limited-service restaurants (+3.6%), full-service restaurants (+4.8%) and special food services (+6.7%). Sales at drinking places declined 2.3%.

Year-over-year sales increased in nine provinces, with Ontario (+2.8%) and Quebec (+9.3%) contributing to two-thirds of the total national increase. Alberta (+3.5%) and British Columbia (+2.7%) were the next-largest contributors to the national total. Saskatchewan (-1.9%) posted the only decline in November compared with last year.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.6% in November 2019 compared with November 2018, and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments were up 1.9% in the same period.


  Note to readers

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and are 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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