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Food services and drinking places, July 2017

Released: 2017-09-25

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.7 billion

July 2017

1.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$76.1 million

July 2017

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

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

$21.4 million

July 2017

2.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$133.7 million

July 2017

0.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$99.3 million

July 2017

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,070.5 million

July 2017

3.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,278.8 million

July 2017

1.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$169.8 million

July 2017

0.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$152.4 million

July 2017

-1.3% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$770.1 million

July 2017

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$953.1 million

July 2017

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.9 million

July 2017

-4.2% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$8.7 million

July 2017

0.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.7 million

July 2017

-2.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector rose 1.2% to $5.7 billion in July.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.6% in the 12 months to July, while prices for alcoholic beverages rose 1.2% over the same period.

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

Receipts were up at full service restaurants (+1.8%), limited service eating places (+0.5%), special food services industry group (+2.3%) and drinking places (+1.8%).

Canada 150 celebrations took place throughout the country in July with many operators reporting increased tourism. Sales were up in nine provinces with the largest increase in Quebec (+3.1%), followed by Ontario (+1.2%) and British Columbia (+1.1%). Saskatchewan (-1.3%) posted the lone decline.

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector up from last year

The figures in this section are based on unadjusted (that is, not seasonally adjusted) estimates.

Food services and drinking places sales were 4.8% higher in July 2017 compared with July 2016.

Receipts were up at full service restaurants (+5.7%), limited service eating places (+4.7%) and the special food services industry group (+3.1%), but were down at drinking places (-2.8%).

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.

Data from the Monthly Survey of Food Services and Drinking Places, which goes back to 1998, can be viewed on CANSIM. Unadjusted data show that sales have always been highest in the summer months (July and August) and lowest in the winter (January and February).

On average, the difference in sales between the summer and winter months has been approximately 28%. Consistent with previous years, the summer of 2017 is on track to produce the strongest sales this year, with July 2017 sales being the highest to date at $6.2 billion.


  Note to readers

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars unless otherwise noted. 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. 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.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca) or Media Relations (613-951-4636; STATCAN.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.STATCAN@canada.ca).

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