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Manufacturing sales took a breather in November

Sales were, however, still higher than last year

By Siddhartha Bhattacharya, ATB Economics 18 January 2023 1 min read

According to new data from Statistics Canada, revenues from factory sales in Alberta eased in November after reaching a record high in October.

The value of seasonally-adjusted manufacturing shipments fell $280 million (-3.0%) to $9.2 billion in November.

Lower revenues for chemicals (-13.5%) and refined petroleum products (-5.3%) drove most of the decline and overshadowed a slight uptick in food manufacturing (+1.2%).

The story, however, is still less pessimistic when compared to 2021. Relative to the first eleven months of 2021, year-to-date factory revenues in 2022 were up by $22.2 billion (+28.8%) with the appreciation in prices responsible for less than half of the increase.

Despite the deepest monthly pullback among the provinces, Alberta’s year-to-date gain (on a percentage basis) was second highest (after New Brunswick) in Canada.

The value of manufacturing shipments nationally stood mostly unchanged in November as weakness across the Prairies was largely offset by gains elsewhere in the country.

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Manufacturing sales in Alberta were 3.0% lower in November than the month before

Manufacturing sales in Alberta were 3.0% lower in November than the month before

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