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Monthly Survey of Manufacturing, July 2013

Released: 2013-09-17

Manufacturing sales rose 1.7% to $49.5 billion in July. Of 21 industries, 15 posted higher sales, indicating that the gain was relatively widespread across the sector.

On the durable goods side of manufacturing, sales were up 2.1% to $24.8 billion. The increase mostly reflected higher sales in the miscellaneous manufacturing, fabricated metal product, and wood product industries. Non-durable goods sales were up 1.2% to $24.6 billion, largely as a result of an increase in the petroleum and coal product industry.

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

Chart 1: Manufacturing sales rise - Description and data table

Constant dollar sales were up 1.1%, indicating that most of the increase was volume-based.

Widespread gains among manufacturing industries

Miscellaneous manufacturing sales increased 23.9% to $1.1 billion, rebounding from a similarly sized decrease in June. Higher sales in the jewellery and silverware industry were largely responsible for the gain.

In the petroleum and coal product industry, sales were up 2.4% to $7.0 billion. The increase mostly reflected higher prices. With the increase in July, sales were at their highest level since February 2013.

Sales in the fabricated metal product industry rose 5.9% to $2.8 billion. Most manufacturers in the industry reported higher sales.

Wood product sales increased 6.3% to $2.0 billion, following two months of declines. Sales had reached a six-year high of $2.2 billion in April 2013.

A 2.6% decrease in the primary metal industry partly offset the gains.

Sales in the transportation equipment industry decreased 0.5% to $8.5 billion in July. Although five of seven sub-industries posted higher sales, production of aerospace products and parts declined 17.3%, pulling down sales for the transportation equipment industry as a whole. Excluding the aerospace industry, transportation equipment sales rose 3.2%.

Ontario leads the gains

Sales rose in six provinces in July, led by Ontario.

Ontario manufacturing sales rose 3.2% to $23.1 billion, the highest level since June 2012. A 4.6% increase in the transportation equipment industry was responsible for about two-fifths of the provincial gain in July. In particular, sales were up 3.9% to $4.5 billion in the motor vehicle assembly sub-industry and production rose in the aerospace product and parts sub-industry. Sales also rose sharply in the miscellaneous manufacturing industry.

In Alberta, sales increased 2.1% to $6.3 billion. Slightly over half of the increase was caused by a 3.9% gain in the petroleum and coal product industry. Higher sales in the wood product (+13.6%) and the fabricated metal product (+6.2%) industries also contributed to the provincial gain.

Sales dropped 10.1% to $1.5 billion in New Brunswick, mostly as a result of a decline in non-durable goods manufacturing.

In Quebec, although 14 of 21 industries posted gains, total sales edged down 0.2% to $11.2 billion. The gains were entirely offset by a 27.7% drop in the transportation equipment industry. Lower production in the aerospace product and parts sub-industry was entirely responsible for this decline.

Inventories rise

Manufacturing inventories increased 0.4% to $69.1 billion as a result of gains in the transportation equipment industry.

Transportation equipment inventories rose 4.0% to $11.5 billion. Most of this gain was attributable to a 3.8% increase in the aerospace product and parts sub-industry. Inventories of motor vehicles (+8.6%) and motor vehicle parts (+5.8%) also rose.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Inventories rise - Description and data table
Inventories rise

Chart 2: Inventories rise - Description and data table

The inventory-to-sales ratio declined from 1.41 in June to 1.40 in July.

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

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

Inventories have generally risen since the end of December 2012, increasing in five of the past seven months. In dollar terms, inventories were up $2.1 billion over this period. Just under one-third of the increase since December 2012 reflected higher inventories of raw materials in the petroleum and coal product industry. Raw materials were also up in the wood product, plastics and rubber products, and chemical industries. Higher goods-in-process inventories in the transportation equipment and computer and electronic product industries combined contributed to just over half of the gain in total inventories since the end of 2012. Finally, finished product inventories in the transportation equipment and wood product industries have increased substantially since 2012.

Unfilled orders rise

Unfilled orders increased 0.4% to $73.6 billion in July. The gain was caused by higher unfilled orders in the machinery (+3.1%), electrical equipment (+6.5%) and computer and electronic product (+4.2%) industries.

In the aerospace product and parts sub-industry, unfilled orders declined 0.9% to $41.3 billion. The decrease was attributable to a weakening of the US dollar relative to the Canadian dollar in July. A large proportion of aerospace unfilled orders are held in US dollars.

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 decreased 1.7% to $49.8 billion in July as a result of a decline 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.

The analytical article "Manufacturing: The Year 2012 in Review" is now available as part of the Analysis in Brief, no. 91 (Catalogue number11-621-M), series. From the Browse by key resource module of our website, choose Publications.

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 August Monthly Survey of Manufacturing will be released on October 16.

Contact information

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

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