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Canadian Manufacturing Sales Grow 1.7% in October

Canadian manufacturing sales increased 1.7 percent in October to $45.5 billion. The increase largely reflects gains in the petroleum and coal products, primary metals and motor vehicle industries, according to Statistics Canada.

Manufacturing sales have been trending upwards at a slower rate in recent months after increasing substantially between May 2009 and May 2010.

Constant dollar manufacturing sales increased 1.1 percent in October.

Higher sales were seen in 14 of 21 industries, representing 80.0 percent of total sales.

By Sector
Sales in the petroleum and coal products industry rose 4.3 percent to $6.0 billion in October. The increase reflects a 4.4 percent rise in prices, as indicated by the Industrial Product Price Index.

In the primary metals industry, sales increased 5.8 percent to $3.8 billion. The rise reflects both higher volumes and prices.

Sales increased 3.7 percent in the motor vehicle industry and production in the aerospace product and parts industry was up 7.4 percent.

The computer and electronic product industry had the largest decline in October with sales decreasing 4.4 percent. A large number of manufacturers in the industry reported lower sales in October.

By Province
In October, sales increased in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan.

Sales advanced 3.7 percent in Quebec to $11.1 billion. The increase largely reflects higher production in the transportation equipment industry (+31.4 percent) and increased sales in the primary metals industry (+10.4 percent). Declines in the furniture, food, chemical, and fabricated metal product industries partially offset the overall rise in sales in the province.

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