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Manufacturing sales in Manitoba continue to decline, but up over 2013

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Manitoba’s manufacturing industry saw its sales decline for the second month in a row in April.

Statistics Canada said today that sales fell by 2.4 per cent to $1.29 billion from $1.32 billion in March. That followed a revised decline of 1.9 per cent from February to March.

The good news was that while April’s total was down from the previous month, it was still a 1.9 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when $1.26 billion worth of goods were sold.

Statistics Canada said Manitoba was one of five provinces to see a month-over-month drop in sales. It’s decline was the third largest among the five.

Nationally, manufacturing sales edged down 0.1 per cent in April to $50.9 billion, the first decrease in four months.

Economists had expected a gain of 0.4 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.

— Staff/Canadian Press

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