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Auto production drives manufacturing sales lower in September

Published by Brad Fougere on November 16, 2015

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Director of Policy and Economics Mike Holden's Manufacturing Sales report for September 2015 saw lower figures in September as sales slumped to their lowest point since May 2015.

Across the country, all major domestic manufacturing regions saw sharp drops ranging from 2.5 per cent in Ontario, (who saw strong increases the previous two months) Quebec, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Highligths of the release which can be viewed by following the link below include:

  • Manufacturing sales were down 1.5 per cent in September, falling to $51.1 billion for the month
  • Sales of motor vehicles and parts were down 7.0 per cent compared to August as production began to wind down in advance of planned facility closures. Oil refinery output fell by about the same rate.
  • Canadian manufacturing sales are 2.6 per cent higher so far in 2015 compared to last year when petroleum is removed from the equation.
  • Two industry sectors saw positive growth in September: machinery and primary metals.
  • Machinery producers saw sales increase by 9.6 per cent. 
  • Primary metal sales were up 4.4 per cent in September.

View the full Manufacturing Sales Report – September 2015


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