Alberta Restaurant Sales Up

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CALGARY — Sales at Alberta restaurants and pubs hit the second-highest rate of growth in the country in October, reports Statistics Canada, as reported by the Calgary Herald.

“The strongest growth in sales was in the limited-service restaurant sector (one per cent). Sales at full-service restaurants rose 0.3 per cent,” reads a Statistics Canada report, as quoted by the paper.

“Sales in the special food services sector fell 0.3 per cent. This sector includes foodservice contractors, caterers and mobile food services.” Sales at drinking places fell 0.6 per cent.

The federal agency has reported sales in the industry amounted to $613 million in Alberta, up 1.6 per cent from September and up of 8.4 per cent from 2010. Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador posted the highest growth rate in the country annually at 14.6 per cent.

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