Manitoba was one of eight provinces to see an increase in manufacturing shipments from June to July.
Statistics Canada figures released today show the province’s factories shipped out $1.3 billion worth of goods in July. That was a 1.8 per cent improvement from June’s total of just under $1.28 billion, although it fell 3.7 per cent short of June 2012’s tally of $1.35 billion.
The month-over-month gain was the second smallest among the provinces that recorded an increase.
Nationally, Statistics Canada said manufacturing sales rose 1.7 per cent to $49.5 billion in July — far better than analysts had expected.
It said gains were recorded in 15 of 21 industries.
Sales of durable goods rose 2.1 per cent to $24.8 billion, mostly due to higher sales in the miscellaneous manufacturing, fabricated metal product, and wood product industries.
Non-durable goods sales were up 1.2 per cent to $24.6 billion, largely as a result of an increase in the petroleum and coal product industry.
— Staff/Canadian Press