WINNIPEG — Manitoba manufacturers lost a little ground in March, with sales dipping by 0.2 per cent after a healthy 6.4 per cent gain in February.
Statistics Canada said Thursday that local factories shipped out $1.342 billion worth of goods during the month. That compared with $1.344 billion in February. The decline followed two straight monthly increases that also included a 1.6 per cent gain in January.
Although March’s total was down a bit from the previous month, it was still a 4.9 per cent improvement from a year earlier, when $1.28 billion worth of goods were sold. And despite losing a little ground in March, sales for the first three months of this year were still running 2.8 per cent ahead of last year’s pace for the same period — $3.9 billion versus $3.8 billion, the Statistics Canada numbers show.
Nationally, manufacturing sales edged up 0.4 per cent to $50.9 billion from $50.7 billion in February. Statistics Canada said it was the sixth advance in seven months for Canada’s manufacturing industry. It said five provinces saw their sales improve in March. Nova Scotia had the biggest percentage gain at 5.3 per cent.
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