OTTAWA: Manufacturing sales rose were up in December thanks mostly to gains in aerospace product and parts, the motor vehicle and the petroleum and coal product industries.
Statistics Canada reports sales were up 1.6% to $43 billion, the sixth increase in manufacturing sales in seven months and the highest level since December 2008 (see Table 3).
Sales advanced in 11 of the 21 manufacturing industries. Production in aerospace product and parts rose 28.1%, following a 17.1% decline in November. Sales in motor vehicles, on the rise since January 2009, were up 4.4% to $3.6 billion.
The petroleum and coal products industry saw a sales increase of 2.4%, reflecting greater sales volumes reported by several refineries.
The advance in overall sales was partially offset by a 6.4% decline in the non-metallic mineral product industry.