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Food services and drinking places, September 2017

Released: 2017-11-22

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.8 billion

September 2017

0.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$74.6 million

September 2017

-1.4% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$22.7 million

September 2017

4.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$138.9 million

September 2017

1.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$99.6 million

September 2017

-0.6% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,094.7 million

September 2017

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,267.1 million

September 2017

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$170.5 million

September 2017

-1.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$154.2 million

September 2017

-0.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$782.9 million

September 2017

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$969.7 million

September 2017

1.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$6.6 million

September 2017

-2.3% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$9.0 million

September 2017

4.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.2 million

September 2017

-4.0% decrease

(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector totalled $5.8 billion in September, up 0.8% from the previous month. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.7% in the 12 months to September and prices for alcoholic beverages were up 1.4%.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Sales at food services and drinking places
Sales at food services and drinking places

Receipts in September rose at full service restaurants (+0.9%), limited service eating places (+0.5%), special food services (+1.5%) and drinking places (+3.0%).

Six of the provinces posted increases, including Ontario (+1.1%), British Columbia (+1.5%), Alberta (+0.9%), Nova Scotia (+1.2%) and Prince Edward Island (+4.6%), with warmer than normal temperatures in Ontario and in the Maritimes this September. The largest decreases in sales were in Manitoba (-1.0%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-1.4%).

To find out more, consult the dashboard entitled Food Services and Drinking Places Sales. This web application provides access to data on the sales of food services and drinking places for Canada, the provinces and territories. This dynamic application allows users to compare provincial and territorial data with interactive maps and charts.

Sales at food services and drinking places up from last year

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

Third quarter sales in the food services and drinking places subsector were up 5.9% in 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. Canada 150 celebrations may have contributed to higher receipts in each subsector: limited service eating places (+6.2%), full service restaurants (+5.9%), the special food services industry group (+6.1%) and drinking places (+0.4%).

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Drinking places have decreased in popularity over the years. The proportion of total food and alcohol sales from drinking places has decreased by half, from 7.4% in the late 1990's (first available CANSIM data) to 3.7% in 2016.

A previous study suggested that a shift into full-service restaurants has had a significant impact on the annual operating revenue downturn throughout the drinking place industry. For example, according to the Business Register, the number of establishments in the drinking place industry universe has decreased by more than 2,600 since 2002. Over the same period, the number of establishments in the full-service restaurant universe has increased by over 5,600. The operating revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages throughout full-service restaurants has also increased, increasing the proportion of its sales from alcohol. In addition, total alcohol sales have risen over time, indicating that the decrease in sales in drinking places is not attributable to a change in customer preferences towards alcohol. Therefore, it appears that drinking places are offering food to customers and are being reclassified as full-service restaurants, even if they are a traditional pub, bar or nightclub in the evening.


  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.

Contact information

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