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Manufacturing in province down in December

Manitoba’s manufacturing industry ended 2013 on a down note, with December shipments down nearly four per cent from the previous month, Statistics Canada said today.

The agency said the province’s manufacturers shipped out $1.26-billion worth of goods during the month. That was a decline of 3.9 per cent from November’s total of $1.31 billion, although it was still a 0.9 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when $1.25-billion worth of goods were sold.

The decline here was part of a broad trend which saw sales fall in seven of the 10 provinces in December. Prince Edward Island had the largest percentage drop at 5.8 per cent, followed by Manitoba.

Nationally, Statistics Canada said manufacturing sales fell 0.9 per cent in December, which was the first decrease since August 2013.

But despite the decline, manufacturing sales have risen in six of the last eight months and were 2.7 per cent higher than in December 2012, it added.

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