Restaurant and bar sales continued to rise in August
Sales were up in every province except Ontario
By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 25 October 2021 less than a minute
Sales at Alberta’s restaurants and bars finally rose above their pre-pandemic level in August.
Released today, Statistics Canada’s Monthly Survey of Food Services and Drinking Places found that seasonally adjusted restaurant and bar sales in Alberta grew for the third month in a row, rising by 7.7% in August to reach $859 million.
This was the first time monthly sales have been above the pre-pandemic bar set in February 2020.
While good news, year-to-date sales were still almost $1.2 billion (18.0%) below they were in 2019.
Seasonally adjusted sales increased in every province in August with the national total rising by 5.6%. Sales were higher than before the pandemic in every province except for Ontario.
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