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Monthly Survey of Manufacturing: Flash estimate, December 2020

Released: 2021-01-25

Given the rapidly evolving economic situation, Statistics Canada is providing an advance estimate of sales in the manufacturing sector for December. Advance results indicate that manufacturing sales rose 0.6% in December. The increase reflects widespread growth, particularly in the wood products and transportation equipment industries.

This estimate was calculated based on a weighted response rate of 62.4%. The average final response rate for the survey over the previous 12 months has been 89.6% As Statistics Canada continues to collect data for the December reference month, this early indicator is subject to a higher revision rate than our regular monthly release.

  Note to readers

The percentage change is calculated using seasonally adjusted data and is expressed in current dollars.

This flash estimate is a special product published in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to provide Canadians with timely information on the manufacturing sector. The official estimate of manufacturing sales for the month of December 2020, which will be based on a more complete set of survey and administrative data, is scheduled for release on February 15, 2021.

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