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Sales up for Manitoba's manufacturing industry

Manitoba’s manufacturing industry was on the rebound in May, with sales up 1.2 per cent after two consecutive monthly declines.

Statistics Canada said today that manufacturers shipped out $1.3 billion worth of goods during the month. That was up from $1.28 billion in April.

The modest increase followed month-over-month declines of 1.9 per cent in March and three per cent in April.

But while May’s total was an improvement from the previous month, it was still down slightly — 0.2 per cent — from a year earlier, the data shows.

Nationally, manufacturing sales rose 1.6 per cent to $51.6 billion. It was the fourth increase in five months for Canada’s manufacturing industry.

Statistics Canada said a total of six provinces saw stronger sales in May, with almost two-thirds of the gain concentrated in Ontario.

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