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After a challenging year in 2009, Canada's manufacturing sector rebounded in 2010 with widespread growth in sales among industries and the reversal of many downward trends.
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Manufacturing sales increased 8.9% to $529.8 billion in 2010 after a 17.8% decline in 2009. This was the largest single annual increase since 2000.
The manufacturing sector regained about 40% of the 2009 decline, which was the largest on record.
Constant dollar sales increased 8.7% in 2010, after a 15.6% drop in 2009. This was the first increase in the volume of sales since 2005.
Current dollar sales advanced in 19 of 21, industries representing 95.4% of total Canadian manufacturing. The three largest increases in dollar terms came in motor vehicles (+29.9%), petroleum and coal products (+15.2%) and primary metal manufacturing (+23.8%).
Sales were strong across the country, with advances in seven provinces representing 95.0% of total manufacturing. Growth was the greatest in Ontario (+11.2%), Alberta (+11.3%) and Quebec (+4.6%).