Restaurant and bar sales stumbled in September
Year-to-date sales were 16.2% below the same period in 2019
By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 23 November 2021 less than a minute
After finally rising above their pre-pandemic level in August, restaurant and bar sales in Alberta fell below it again in September.
With Alberta’s COVID-19 cases spiking and the public health emergency reinstated, the sector’s seasonally adjusted revenue fell by 4.8% ($13.3 million).
Monthly sales increased in 7 of the provinces while national revenue was flat.
Quebec, Ontario and Alberta were the only provinces with sales below where they were in February 2020 before the pandemic was declared.
On a year-to-date basis, sales in Alberta over the first 9 months of 2021 were 16.2% ($1.2 billion below the same period in 2019.
Answer to the previous trivia question: Over 6 million COVID-19 tests were conducted in Alberta between March 6, 2020 and November 18, 2021.
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