Food services and drinking places for August 2009
Statscan - Sales for the food services and drinking places industry increased 0.2% between July and August to just over $4.0 billion in current dollars. During the same period, the price of food purchased in restaurants increased by 0.2% as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
In August, three of the industry's four sectors posted sales increases. The largest advance occurred in the special food services sector (+3.7%), which comprises food service contractors, caterers and mobile food services.
At limited-service restaurants, where patrons order and pay for their meals at the counter, sales rose 0.2%, while sales at drinking places increased by 0.4%.
Sales in full-service restaurants, the largest of the four industry sectors, decreased by 0.4%.
Provincially, three of the four Atlantic provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia) and Alberta recorded lower sales. All other provinces posted sales increases.
Note: All data are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars.
Preliminary data are provided for the current reference month. Unadjusted data, based on late responses, are revised for the two previous months. Seasonally adjusted data are revised for the three previous months.