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Monthly Survey of Manufacturing, June 2013

Released: 2013-08-16

Manufacturing sales declined 0.5% to $48.2 billion in June, the fourth decrease in six months. Manufacturing sales have been on a slow decline since the spring of 2012.

The decline in June mostly reflected lower sales in the miscellaneous manufacturing, fabricated metal product and wood product industries. Higher sales in the petroleum and coal product industry offset a portion of the decreases. Sales fell in 16 of 21 industries, representing about 56% of the manufacturing sector.

Constant dollar sales were down 1.3% as volumes fell.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Manufacturing sales decline - Description and data table
Manufacturing sales decline

Chart 1: Manufacturing sales decline - Description and data table

Sales down in the miscellaneous manufacturing, fabricated metal and wood product industries

In the miscellaneous manufacturing industry, sales fell 20.2% to $902 million. The drop was mostly caused by lower sales in the jewellery and silverware manufacturing sub-industry.

Sales in the fabricated metal product industry declined 6.5% to $2.6 billion. The decline was partly attributable to lower sales in the architectural and structural metals sub-industry.

Wood product sales decreased 7.7% to $1.9 billion, the second consecutive decline following a $2.2 billion peak in April 2013. Lower sales in June were widespread throughout the industry.

In the petroleum and coal product industry, sales increased 7.4% to $6.7 billion. The gain mostly stemmed from some refineries ramping up production and sales following slowdowns for maintenance and retooling work.

Transportation equipment sales rose 0.7% to $8.6 billion in June. The rise was caused by higher production in the aerospace product and parts sub-industry.

Largest absolute decline in Ontario

In Ontario, sales fell 1.9% to $22.2 billion, the fourth decline in six months. Almost half of the decline stemmed from lower sales in the miscellaneous manufacturing industry (-29.9%). Sales were also down in the fabricated metal product industry (-7.3%) and the petroleum and coal product industry (-5.4%).

Sales in British Columbia fell 4.5% to $3.2 billion in June. The main contributors to the decline were the wood product and the petroleum and coal product industries.

Nova Scotia posted an 8.5% decrease to $792 million, largely as a result of lower non-durable goods sales.

Sales in Quebec rose 3.6% to $11.0 billion, led by gains in the petroleum and coal product industry. In addition, production in the aerospace product and parts industry was up 13.2%, contributing to the provincial advance.

In Alberta, manufacturing sales edged up 0.1%, despite the floods that affected the southern part of the province in June.

Inventories edge downwards

Inventories edged down 0.2% to $68.6 billion in June. The decline reflected lower inventories of transportation equipment (-2.5%) and primary metals (-3.7%). However, these declines were almost entirely offset by higher inventories in the petroleum and coal product (+4.3%) and the wood product (+3.0%) industries.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Inventories edge down - Description and data table
Inventories edge down

Chart 2: Inventories edge down - Description and data table

The inventory-to-sales ratio was unchanged in June at 1.42. Recent values for the ratio have been the highest since the autumn of 2009.

Chart 3  Chart 3: The inventory-to-sales ratio is unchanged - Description and data table
The inventory-to-sales ratio is unchanged

Chart 3: The inventory-to-sales ratio is unchanged - Description and data table

Rise in aerospace unfilled orders

Unfilled orders advanced 2.7% to $73.2 billion in June, the sixth gain in eight months. The increase was entirely attributable to a 6.5% rise in the aerospace product and parts industry. Unfilled orders in the industry stood at a record high $41.6 billion in June.

Chart 4  Chart 4: Unfilled orders rise - Description and data table
Unfilled orders rise

Chart 4: Unfilled orders rise - Description and data table

New orders rose 2.5% to $50.1 billion, mostly as a result of higher orders in the aerospace product and parts industry.



  Note to readers

Monthly data in this release are seasonally adjusted and are expressed in current dollars unless otherwise specified.

Non-durable goods industries include food, beverage and tobacco products, textile mills, textile product mills, clothing, leather and allied products, paper, printing and related support activities, petroleum and coal products, chemicals, and plastics and rubber products.

Durable goods industries include wood products, non-metallic mineral products, primary metal, fabricated metal products, machinery, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, appliances and components, transportation equipment, furniture and related products and miscellaneous manufacturing.

Production-based industries

For the aerospace industry and shipbuilding industries, the value of production is used instead of sales of goods manufactured. This value is calculated by adjusting monthly sales of goods manufactured by the monthly change in inventories of goods in process and finished products manufactured.

Unfilled orders are a stock of orders that will contribute to future sales assuming that the orders are not cancelled.

New orders are those received whether sold in the current month or not. New orders are measured as the sum of sales for the current month plus the change in unfilled orders from the previous month to the current month.

Data from the July Monthly Survey of Manufacturing will be released on September 17.

Contact information

For more information, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; infostats@statcan.gc.ca).

To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Michael Schimpf (613-951-9832; michael.schimpf@statcan.gc.ca), or Jeff Paul (613-951-7328; jeff.paul@statcan.gc.ca), Manufacturing and Energy Division.

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