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Food services and drinking places, October 2017

Released: 2017-12-21

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$5.8 billion

October 2017

0.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$75.3 million

October 2017

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

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

$21.9 million

October 2017

-1.1% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$135.6 million

October 2017

-2.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$99.7 million

October 2017

0.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,098.8 million

October 2017

0.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,279.2 million

October 2017

0.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$167.7 million

October 2017

-0.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$156.7 million

October 2017

1.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$780.3 million

October 2017

-0.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$976.9 million

October 2017

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$5.6 million

October 2017

-14.5% decrease

(monthly change)

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

$8.6 million

October 2017

-3.2% decrease

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

$2.0 million

October 2017

2.4% increase

(monthly change)

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector rose 0.4% to $5.8 billion in October. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 2.9% in the 12 months to October, while prices for alcoholic beverages increased 1.4%.

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

Receipts in October rose on the strength of sales at limited service restaurants (+1.4%). Sales at full service restaurants edged down 0.1%.

Sales were up in six provinces, led by Ontario (+0.7%), British Columbia (+0.9%) and Quebec (+0.5%). Following four consecutive monthly increases, sales in Nova Scotia declined 2.2% in October. For the first time since March 2017, sales in Alberta (-0.2%) edged down.

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.

Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector were up 5.1% in the 10 months to October compared with the same period in 2016. Canada 150 celebrations and higher prices for food purchased from restaurants likely contributed to higher receipts in each subsector. Year-to-date sales were up at limited service eating places (+5.6%), full service restaurants (+5.7%) and at the special food services industry group (+2.3%), but were down at drinking places (-0.5%).


  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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