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Restaurant sales advance despite headwinds

On a year-to-date basis, revenues in Alberta were up by 32.8% from the same point last year

By Siddhartha Bhattacharya, ATB Economics 26 September 2022 1 min read

Activity at restaurants and bars in Alberta continues to stay robust.

In July, the seasonally-adjusted receipts of Alberta’s food services and drinking places edged $13 million (+1.5%) higher from June, up for the sixth straight month. Alberta posted the largest increase (in dollar terms) after Ontario in the country.

On a year-to-date basis, revenues were up by $1.5 billion (+32.8%) from the same point last year with gains in full-service restaurants driving over two-thirds this increase. During this same timeframe, prices of food purchased at restaurants rose by only 3.8%.

At a national level, revenues stood $12.1 billion (+35.7%) higher compared to the first seven months of 2021. Revenues in every province were up year-to-date with Ontario alone responsible for 44.1% of Canada’s gain.

The restaurant and bar sector continues to stand strong in the face of significant challenges such as extreme inflation, higher borrowing costs, labour shortages and supply-chain disruptions.

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Today’s trivia question: What province is home to the oldest restaurant in Canada?

Restaurant and bar sales in Alberta rose in July

Restaurant and bar sales in Alberta rose in July

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