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Higher sales for Alberta’s restaurants and bars in 2019

When it comes to the revenue side of the question, 2019 was a better year than 2018, with annual restaurant and bar sales in Alberta up by 2.4 per cent.

By ATB Economics 24 February 2020 1 min read

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to staying viable in the highly competitive world  of restaurants and bars. 

When it comes to the revenue side of the question at least, the latest numbers from Statistics Canada show that 2019 was a better year than 2018, with annual restaurant and bar sales in Alberta up by 2.4 per cent. 

The numbers are not as good when we adjust for inflation, but still in positive territory, with sales rising last year by 1.0 per cent. 

Unfortunately, a lack of accompanying expense data means we don’t know how the sector is doing on a net basis, but higher annual revenue is better than lower in this regard.

Less encouraging is the fact that seasonally adjusted monthly sales in Alberta ended 2019 on a weak note, with sales falling in each of the last three months of the year.

Nationally, annual sales jumped 3.5 per cent or 2.0 per cent after adjusting for inflation.

Restaurant and bars sales in Alberta

Inflation-adjusted restaurant and bar sales rose by 1.0 per cent in 2019. 


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