Manufacturing sales fell 0.4 percent to $58.6 billion (US$45.1 billion) in August, following three consecutive monthly increases, according to new data from Statistics Canada.
The decline was mainly due to lower motor vehicle sales. Excluding this industry, manufacturing sales rose 0.4 percent in August.
Sales were down in 7 of 21 industries, representing 50.9 percent of the Canadian manufacturing sector.
After taking price changes into account, the volume of sales in the manufacturing sector edged down 0.3 percent in August.