OTTAWA -- Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector rose 1.1% to $6.0 billion in June. Higher receipts were reported at full-service restaurants (+1.9%), limited-service restaurants (+0.6%) and special food services (+1.1%). Receipts were down at drinking places (-1.9%).
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In June, eight provinces reported higher sales. Most of the gains were attributable to higher sales in Ontario (+2.1%) and Alberta (+1.5%).
Sales in food services and drinking places subsector increase in the second quarter
The figures in this section are based on unadjusted (that is, not seasonally adjusted) estimates.
Unadjusted sales for the second quarter were up 4.9% in the food services and drinking places subsector compared with the second quarter of 2017. Sales in all four industry groups increased: full-service restaurants (+5.6%), limited-service restaurants (+4.6%), special food services (+3.8%) and drinking places (+2.8%). These increases follow a similar trend to the first quarter, leading to increases in all industry groups in the first half of 2018.
In the second quarter, sales were up in nine provinces with the largest gains in dollar terms occuring in Ontario (+6.3%), British Columbia (+6.2%) and Quebec (+4.6%). Similar to the first quarter, Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.4%) was the lone province to report declines in the second quarter.
Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 4.5% in the second quarter compared with the second quarter of 2017, while prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments rose 2.4%. Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 4.5% in June compared with June 2017, while prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments rose 2.5%.
SOURCE Statistics Canada
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