The gain was largely attributable to higher sales in petroleum and coal product, and the chemical industries: StatsCan

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Mario ToneguzziManufacturing sales in Alberta have reached their highest level since December 2014.

Statistics Canada reported on Friday that sales in the province rose 1.1 per cent in January to $6.3 billion. That’s the sixth consecutive monthly increase.

The federal agency said the gain was largely attributable to higher sales in the petroleum and coal product (+5.4 per cent), and chemical (+6.4 per cent) industries.

On an annual basis, sales were up 11.3 per cent.

Across Canada, manufacturing sales decreased one per cent to $54.9 billion in January. Declines in the motor vehicles, the aerospace product and parts, and the primary metal industries were responsible for the overall drop, said StatsCan.

“Overall, sales were down in 14 of 21 industries, representing 56 per cent of the Canadian manufacturing sector. Sales of durable goods declined 3.5 per cent to $28.2 billion, while sales of non-durable goods increased 1.7 per cent to $26.8 billion,” it said.

Year-over-year, sales rose by 2.9 per cent.

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.


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