Factory shipments in Alberta had a strong April
Sales were 48.4% ($2.3 billion) higher than in April 2020
By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 15 June 2021 1 min read
Seasonally adjusted manufacturing sector sales in Alberta increased for the eighth time in a row with month-over-month sales rising by $424 million (6.5%) in April.
Sales were 48.4% ($2.3 billion) higher than in April 2020 at the start of the global pandemic and 1.3% ($88.2 million) above where they were in April 2019.
Year-to-date sales were roughly the same as they were in 2019 before the disruptive effects of the virus.
Month-over-month sales were up across almost all major sub-sectors.
Machinery manufacturing posted the largest proportional increase at 23.2% ($94.5 million) while food manufacturing grew the most in absolute terms with sales $106.1 million (7.4%) higher than in March.
High prices continued to push up the value of sales in the wood product sub-sector. Sales were up by 11.2% ($79.1 million) in April over March and by 166.3% ($491.2 million) compared to April 2019.
Answer to the previous trivia question: Over the first four months of 2021, 187 different countries imported goods from Alberta.
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