Total manufacturing sales rose 1 percent to C$614.4 billion (US$457.7 billion) in 2016, following a 1.7 percent decline in 2015, according to Statistics Canada. Higher sales in the transportation equipment and food industries offset declines in the petroleum and coal product industries.
Manufacturing sales reached a record high C$53.5 billion (US$39.9 billion) in December 2016, largely attributable to a higher volume of goods sold. The previous record of C$53.1 billion (US$39.6 billion) was set in July 2008, prior to the economic downturn.
Constant dollar manufacturing sales increased 1.3 percent in 2016, indicating a higher volume of goods sold. Prices in the manufacturing sector declined 0.2 percent in 2016, according to the Industrial Product Price Index.
Sales of durable goods rose for the third consecutive year, up 2 percent to C$328.5 billion (US$244.7 billion) in 2016. The