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Manufacturing sales down 1.8% in June: StatsCan

Drop blamed on lower sales in the petroleum and coal products, transportation equipment and chemical industries.


OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell in June, following three consecutive months of gains.

The federal agency says manufacturing sales slipped 1.8% to $53.9 billion in June.

The drop came due to lower sales in the petroleum and coal product, transportation equipment and chemical industries.

Sales fell in 15 of 21 industries, representing 72.1% of the manufacturing sector in Canada.

Non-durable goods dropped 2.2%, while durable goods slipped 1.5%.

Sales fell 1% in constant dollars, indicating a lower volumes of manufactured goods were sold in June.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. 2016

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