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Thomas Storring Director of Economics/Statistics
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July 24, 2017

Statistics Canada reports that during May 2017, receipts of food services and drinking places in Nova Scotia fell by 1.8 per cent (seasonally adjusted) to $130.3 million.  National food service and drinking place receipts were down 0.5 per cent in monthly results.  Statistics Canada noted in its release: "Sales in provinces east of Manitoba declined, with the largest decreases in Ontario (-1.3%) and Quebec (-0.6%). Central and Eastern Canada experienced unusually wet weather which may have affected sales." 

On a year-over-year basis (comparing May 2017 with May 2016), food service and drinking place receipts were down 1.9 per cent in Nova Scotia while national sales were up 4.5 per cent.  Throughout early-to-mid 2016, Nova Scotia reported stronger food service and drinking place receipts than the national average.  

On a year-to-date basis (comparing the sum of seasonally adjusted totals from Jan-May 2017 with the same months of 2016), Nova Scotia's food service and drinking place receipts were up 0.9 per cent while national totals increased 4.9 per cent on stronger gains in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia.  

Since 2014, Nova Scotia's food service and drinking place receipts grew at a similar pace to the national average.  In 2016, Nova Scotia's food services and drinking places reported sales growth that exceeded the national pace before falling below the national pace early in 2017.  

Among categories (data reflect unadjusted totals for the January to May period), Nova Scotia's full-service restaurants and drinking places both reported higher receipts.  However, these were partially offset by declines among specialty food service providers and limited-service restaurants.



Each month, Statistics Canada reports on receipts of food services and drinking places for Canada and the Provinces.  Food service and drinking place receipts are seasonally adjusted.  More detailed data on receipts by type of establishment are available monthly, but these are not seasonally adjusted so only year-over-year or year-to-date analysis is appropriate.  

Food service and drinking place establishments include:

- full-service restaurants where patrons order and are served while seated and pay after eating

- limited-service restaurants where patrons order/select items at a counter and pay before eating either on premises or as take-out

- special food services, such as institutional food contractors, caterers or mobile food providers

- drinking places primarily engaged in serving alcoholic beverages for immediate consumption (though they may provide limited food services as well)  


Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 355-0006release

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