Manufacturing sales edged up  ; 0.1% in October, basically holding steady after decreasing in five of the six previous months. Sales of manufactured goods increased  ; $38  ; million, reaching  ; $50.2  ; billion from  ; $50.1  ; billion in September.
Using constant dollars, which take price fluctuations into account, the volume of sales increased  ; 1.1% to  ; $50.1  ; billion in October. The Industrial Product Price Index, which is a major component in calculating the constant dollar value, dropped  ; 1.1% in October. Despite difficulties for manufacturers presented by the strengthening exchange rate, constant dollar sales were  ; 3.2% higher than in October  ; 2006.
On an industry-by-industry basis,  ; 12  ; of  ; 21  ; manufacturing industries increased in October, representing slightly less than half of total manufacturing sales.
Sales of non-durable goods gained  ; 0.2% in October. This was the first increase for non-durable goods in the past five months. Durable good sales remained unchanged in October at  ; $27.3  ; billion after increasing slightly in September.
Unfilled factory orders decreased  ; 1.7% in October after a similar-sized decrease in September. New orders were virtually unchanged (-0.1%) in October, after losing ground during the previous two months.
October sales level out Manufacturers reported a fairly even split on gains and losses during the month of October. On a positive note, aerospace product and parts manufacturers reported an  ; 8.4% jump in production during the month. This was the third consecutive monthly increase. The industry has shown significant strength in  ; 2007, with production up  ; 8.4% over the first  ; 10  ; months of  ; 2007  ; compared with the same period in  ; 2006.
Miscellaneous manufacturers also fared well in October, with sales improving by  ; 6.1%. Most of the strength during the month came from sporting goods manufacturers and jewellery and silverware manufacturers.
Petroleum and coal product manufacturers gained  ; 2.0% in October, as production returned to normal levels at several plants following longer-than-anticipated shutdowns in September.
Manufacturing sales were pulled in the opposite direction, mainly by a  ; 2.3% decrease in the transportation equipment industry. Sales by motor vehicle manufacturers were the key factor in this drop, decreasing by  ; 5.8% in October.
Although sales by motor vehicle manufacturers decreased in October, year-to-date sales remained  ; 1.2% higher than in the first  ; 10  ; months of  ; 2006. Motor vehicle parts sales were down  ; 1.4% compared with September. Excluding motor vehicle and parts manufacturers, total manufacturing sales increased by  ; 0.9% in October.
Provinces report mixed results in October The picture across the country for sales of manufactured goods was mixed in October. Sales decreased sharply in Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba. In contrast, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Quebec experienced solid gains.
Manitoba experienced the largest decline in sales, falling  ; 6.7% to  ; $1.3  ; billion. Despite the decrease, year-to-date sales in Manitoba are still  ; 9.6% above the same period in  ; 2006.
Declines in sales were also prominent for Newfoundland and Labrador. The total value of sales tumbled  ; 20.1% to  ; $327  ; million, on the heels of a  ; 14.0% drop in September. Lower sales in non-durable goods were the main cause of weakness in the province for both months.
On a positive note, sales in New Brunswick rose  ; 7.1% to  ; $1.4  ; billion, mostly reversing the