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Food Services and Drinking Places, May 2017

Released: 2017-07-24

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.6 billion

May 2017

-0.5% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$75.2 million

May 2017

-1.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — P.E.I.

$20.3 million

May 2017

-0.4% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$130.3 million

May 2017

-1.8% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$98.5 million

May 2017

-0.3% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,029.2 million

May 2017

-0.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,216.5 million

May 2017

-1.3% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$171.9 million

May 2017

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$154.5 million

May 2017

0.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$762.0 million

May 2017

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$925.8 million

May 2017

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.1 million

May 2017

0.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.W.T.

$8.4 million

May 2017

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.9 million

May 2017

0.0% increase

(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector were down 0.5% to $5.6 billion in May.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.4% in the 12 months to May and prices for alcoholic beverages were up 1.4%. Receipts were down at full service restaurants (-0.6%), limited service eating places (-0.8%) and drinking places (-1.3%) while sales rose 2.0% in the special food services industry group.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector
Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector

Six of the ten provinces posted declines. Sales in provinces east of Manitoba declined, with the largest decreases in Ontario (-1.3%) and Quebec (-0.6%). Central and Eastern Canada experienced unusually wet weather which may have affected sales.

Notably, sales in British Columbia rose 1.1% in May for the third consecutive monthly increase. The province has been experiencing positive employment growth and an unemployment rate little changed at 5.6% in May. According to data from the Labour Force Survey, employment increased by 12,000 in May, continuing an upward trend that began in the spring of 2015. Compared with May 2016, employment in the province grew by 99,000 (+4.2%), mostly the result of gains in full-time work.

Telling Canada's story in numbers; #ByTheNumbers

In celebration of the country's 150th birthday, Statistics Canada is presenting snapshots from our rich statistical history.

In 1934 full service restaurants accounted for nearly half of restaurant industry sales, with drinking places not included as part of the industry. Cafes, lunch counters, and sandwich shops totalled nearly 30% of the restaurant industry and cafeterias contributed 5.0%. Today, full service and limited service restaurants account for close to 90% of the industry and special food services account for about 8%.


  Note to readers

A dashboard entitled Food Services and Drinking Places Sales (Catalogue number71-607-X) can now be consulted online. This web application provides access to data on the sales of food services and drinking places for Canada, provinces and territories. This dynamic application allows users to compare provincial and territorial data with interactive maps and charts.

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars. For information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

For information on trend-cycle data, see the StatCan Blog and Trend-cycle estimates – Frequently asked questions.

Data for the current reference month are preliminary. Usually, unadjusted data are revised for the two previous months, and seasonally adjusted data are revised for the three previous months.

Products

The dashboard entitled Food Services and Drinking Places Sales (Catalogue number71-607-X) is now available online.

Contact information

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