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Manufacturing in province continues to decline

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Manufacturing shipments declined for the second straight month in Manitoba in April, new Statistics Canada figures show.

The agency said the province’s manufacturers sold $1.27-billion worth of goods during the month. That was a decline of 2.5 per cent from March’s total of $1.30 billion. It also fell 1.2 per cent short of April 2012’s total of $1.28 billion.

The decline was part of a broad-based trend which saw sales fall in eight provinces from March to April. Manitoba’s decline was the fourth smallest among the eight, while Prince Edward Island posted the biggest percentage drop at 10.8 per cent.

The widespread weakness drove down Canadian sales by 2.4 per cent to $48.2 billion. Statistics Canada said it was the fourth decline in five months at the national level, and the largest monthly percentage drop since August, 2009.

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