Nationally, sales declined 0.3 per cent in December to $55.5 billion but they were still 3.7 per cent higher than a year ago

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Mario ToneguzziManufacturing sales in Alberta rose 1.2 per cent to $6.2 billion in December, the fifth straight monthly increase, according to a report released on Friday by Statistics Canada.

The federal agency said sales were up in 11 of 21 industries, led by the petroleum and coal products (3.9 per cent), machinery (6.4 per cent) and primary metal (14.4 per cent) industries.

On a year-over-year basis, sales in Alberta were up 11.7 per cent.

Nationally, sales declined 0.3 per cent in December to $55.5 billion but they were still 3.7 per cent higher than a year ago.

“Following five consecutive monthly increases, sales in the petroleum and coal product industry fell 4.1 per cent to $5.7 billion in December, mostly reflecting lower volumes. After removing price effects, sales volumes of petroleum and coal products were down 3.5 per cent,” said StatsCan.

“Sales in the food industry were down 2.6 per cent to $8.5 billion, following a 3.6 per cent increase in November, which was the largest monthly increase in dollars since October 2013. The declines in the food industry were most pronounced in the meat product industry as well as in the dairy product industry.”

The full StatsCan report can be found at https://goo.gl/tHSi5K

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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