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Building permits down in Manitoba in December

Statistics Canada says the seasonally adjusted value of building permits issued in Manitoba was down 24.8 per cent in December compared to November to $132.2 million.

For the year to date, the unadjusted value is up 3.9 per cent.

There were declines in every category in December — commercial, industrial and multiple and single residential — except institutional, which had a 200 per cent increase in the month.

Nationally the building permit values declined 4.1 per cent to $6.5 billion in December, following a 6.6 per cent decrease in November.

A drop in plans for commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings in Ontario and British Columbia were responsible for much of the December decrease at the national level.

The agency says the value of building permits for 2013 as a whole edged down 0.1 per cent from 2012 to $80.8 billion.

The value of residential permits fell for a second consecutive month in December, slipping 9.3 per cent to $3.7 billion.

In the non-residential sector, the value of permits rose 3.7 per cent to $2.8 billion in December, following a 4.5 per cent decrease the previous month.

The value of permits was down in seven provinces in December, with Ontario and British Columbia posting the largest declines.

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