Manitobans bellying up to bars, restaurants

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Manitoba’s bars-and-restaurants sector rang up the second biggest monthly increase in sales in the country in April, according to new Statistics Canada figures released today.

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Manitoba’s bars-and-restaurants sector rang up the second biggest monthly increase in sales in the country in April, according to new Statistics Canada figures released today.

The province’s food services businesses and drinking establishments reported $119.8 million worth of sales for the month, the federal agency said.

That was a 2.5 per cent increase from March’s total of $116.8 million, and was second only to Nova Scotia’s 2.7 per cent gain. It was also more than a full percentage point higher than the national average increase of 1.3 per cent.

Statistics Canada said the national sales total for the month was just over $4 billion. That compared with just over $3.9 billion in March.

Manitoba’s 2.5-per-cent increase came after two consecutive months of declining sales for the industry.

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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