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Posted May 1, 2012

Food Enterprises

Food services and drinking places left unchanged in February 2012

Statscan - Sales for the food services and drinking places industry were relatively stable in February from January, edging up 0.1% to $4.3 billion. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants edged up 0.1%, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

In February, two of the four industry sectors posted higher sales compared with January: the special food services sector (+0.4%), which includes food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services, and the limited-service restaurant sector (+0.3%).

Sales in the full-service restaurant sector were relatively stable, while sales in drinking places fell 1.8%.

In February, four provinces posted higher sales, with the biggest growth in Manitoba (+1.5%). Nova Scotia (-0.7%) had the largest decrease.

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