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Posted November 27, 2012

Industry Trends

Quarterly financial statistics for enterprises, third quarter 2012

Manufacturing industries led the overall increase

Statscan - Canadian corporations earned $72.2 billion in operating profits in the third quarter, up 3.7% from the previous quarter. This increase follows a 7.0% decrease in the second quarter.

Operating profits increased in 14 of 22 industries. Manufacturing industries led the overall increase, accounting for nearly 30% of the $2.6 billion rise in operating profits over the second quarter.

Chart 1
Quarterly operating profits

In the non-financial sector, third-quarter operating profits rose 3.7% to $52.9 billion, following a 5.7% decrease in the previous quarter. The majority of the third-quarter increase came from the manufacturing industries, while most other non-financial industries experienced little change.

In the financial sector, operating profits increased 3.7% to $19.2 billion, following a 10.5% decline in the second quarter. Most third-quarter gains came from depository credit intermediaries.

On a year-over-year basis, operating profits for Canadian corporations were 3.1% higher in the third quarter. Profits fell 2.5% in the non-financial sector, while they rose 22.7% in the financial sector.

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Quarterly change in operating profits

Non-financial sector

Operating profits in manufacturing increased 6.3% to $12.4 billion in the third quarter.

Increases were reported by 4 of 13 manufacturing industries, led by petroleum and coal products manufacturers. Their operating profits increased 54.2% to $4.3 billion as production rebounded following partial shutdowns at several plants for retooling and maintenance work.

Without this growth in operating profits in the petroleum and coal manufacturing industry, manufacturing profits would have fallen by nearly $800 million.

Profits for chemical, plastics and rubber products manufacturers fell 11.7% to $1.8 billion.

Operating profits of motor vehicles and parts manufacturers declined 18.9% to $768 million.

Primary metal manufacturing profits fell 19.4% to $624 million.

Profits for information and cultural industries rose 7.6% to $5.5 billion. Most of the increase came from the telecommunications industry, where profits rose 8.1% to $4.0 billion.

Profits in transportation and warehousing rose 14.6% to $2.9 billion.

Oil and gas extraction and support activities profits fell 1.3% to $2.2 billion.

Retailers' profits increased 1.8% to $4.1 billion, while wholesalers' profits rose 3.4% to $5.8 billion.

Financial sector

The third-quarter increase of 3.7% in the financial sector was driven by depository credit intermediaries, whose operating profits rose 7.2% to $10.7 billion. At the same time, profits for insurance carriers declined 11.7% to $1.3 billion.

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