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Manitoba one of six provinces to see weaker manufacturing sales

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Manitoba’s manufacturing industry saw its shipments slide a bit in March after two consecutive months of strengthening sales.

Statistics Canada said today the province’s manufacturers sold $1.31-billion worth of goods during the month. That was a 0.8 per cent decline from the $1.32 billion sold in February, and followed increases of 5.9 per cent and 3.9 per cent in January and February respectively.

Statistics Canada said Manitoba was one of six provinces to post weaker sales in March. It’s decline was the third largest among the six. New Brunswick was the hardest hit, with a drop of 9.5 per cent.

Canada also posted its third decline in four months, with sales falling by 0.3 per cent to $49.5 billion.

On a year-over-year basis, Manitoba’s sales were essentially unchanged — up only 0.1 per cent — from March of last year, the Statistics Canada data shows.

Canada’s March total was down one per cent from a year earlier, when just under $50-billion worth of goods were sold.

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