Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 06/15/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Manufacturing shipments in decline
MANUFACTURING shipments in Manitoba declined for the second straight month in April, new Statistics Canada figures show.
The agency said Friday the province's manufacturers sold $1.27 billion worth of goods during the month, 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 largest percentage drop at 10.8 per cent.
April's decline left manufacturing sales for the first four months of 2013 running on par with those for the same period in 2012, at about $5.2 billion.
Nationally, the widespread weakness drove down 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.
More new vehicles driving off lots
SALES of new cars and trucks continued to rev up in Manitoba in April, new Statistics Canada data shows.
Seasonally unadjusted figures released Friday show 5,770 new vehicles left dealership lots during the month. That was a 22 per cent increase from March when 4,728 units were sold. It was also a 19.3 per cent improvement from April 2012, when 4,835 new cars and trucks were purchased.
April was the third consecutive month of strengthening new-vehicle sales for Manitoba.
This year's strong start comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for the province's new-vehicle industry in 2012, when sales surpassed the 50,000-unit threshold for the first time.
It left sales running 7.3 per cent ahead of last year's pace after the first four months of 2013 -- 16,939 units versus 15,792.
Canada saw its sales rise nationally in April, up 9.5 per cent from the previous month, climbing to 175,181 units, and up 8.6 per cent from April 2012.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 15, 2013 B7
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