Western Provinces Lead May Restaurant Sales


CALGARY — Sales for the foodservice and drinking industry jumped 1.1 per cent from April to $4.4 billion in May, according to a report released yesterday by Statistics Canada.

The Western provinces led the pack, posting the highest percent growth in sales, with Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan posting the highest percent growth, respectively.

Alberta posted $648.7 million in sales, at a 2.3 per cent change from April to May, followed by Manitoba, with sales of $132.5 million and a 1.8 per cent change, and Saskatchewan, with $135.8 in sales and a 1.7 per cent change. Nova Scotia’s sales also jumped 1.8 per cent, with $113 million in sales.

The federal agency reported all four industry sectors posted increased sales — the limited-service restaurant sector was up 1.2 per cent; full-service restaurant sector was up 1.1 per cent and drinking places sales was up 0.6 per cent.

For the complete report, visit statcan.gc.ca.

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