Warm weather, increased tourism boost food and drink spending

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Manitobans love to go out to eat and drink in the summer, but new numbers from Statistics Canada show that carried through into the fall this year. People from this province had the fifth-highest spending in the country on food and drink in September.

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Manitobans love to go out to eat and drink in the summer, but new numbers from Statistics Canada show that carried through into the fall this year. People from this province had the fifth-highest spending in the country on food and drink in September.

The Statistics Canada numbers released on Wednesday showed Manitobans spent $167,397,000 in September, up 2.2 per cent from August.

Provinces with higher sales than Manitoba included Ontario, the leader with over $2.1 billion in sales, followed by Quebec, B.C. and Alberta.

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES People in Manitoba spent $167,397 on food and drink in September.

While total sales in food services and drinking places across Canada increased by 1.6 per cent from the previous month and surpassed $5.5 billion for the month of September, and spending in restaurants increased 2.1 per cent between August and September.

The only provinces or territories that did not show an increase in sales in September were Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

A press release on the Statistics Canada study stated that warm weather across the country in September and a high amount of visitors to Canada contributed to the sales increases.

Numbers were up 1.1 per cent for trips made to Canada by overseas residents and trips made to Canada by USA residents increased 2 per cent, the Statistics Canada International Travel Survey showed.

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Updated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:48 AM CST: Corrects dollar figure.

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