Canadian manufacturing sales increased 1 percent to record C$53.9 billion (US$39.6 billion) in January, led by a 2.3 percent gain in non-durable goods sales and by increases in petroleum and coal, and chemical industries, according to Statistics Canada.
In constant dollars, manufacturing sales in volume terms rose 0.2 percent.
Sales in the transportation equipment industry rose 2.1 percent to C$11.1 billion (US$8.1 billion) in March, following two months of declines. The increase was the result of gains in the motor vehicle (+4.5 percent) and the motor vehicle parts (+1.8 percent) industries, reflecting higher volumes and prices. After removing the effect of price changes, sales in volume terms increased 3.1 percent and 0.5 percent respectively in these industries in March.
In the food industry, sales rose