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Doug McCann Research and Statistics Officer
Tel: 902-424-2141Email: Douglas.McCann@novascotia.ca

November 22, 2018
FOOD SERVICES AND DRINKING PLACES, SEPTEMBER 2018

In September 2018, Statistics Canada on a month-over-month basis, reported that food service and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Nova Scotia increased 1.4 per cent to $145.3 million over August 2018. Food service and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada increased 0.5 per cent to $6.1 billion over August 2018. Eight provinces reported monthly increases in Food service and drinking places, with Prince Edward Island (1.6 %) reporting the largest gain and Manitoba (-0.4 %) reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

In September 2018, on a year-over-year basis, food service and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Nova Scotia increased 7.2 per cent over September 2017.  Food service and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada increased 5.7 per cent over September 2017. Nine provinces reported year-over-year increases in Food service and drinking places, with British Columbia (8.5 %) reporting the largest gain and Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.1 %) reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

In Jan-Sep 2018, on a year-to-date basis, Nova Scotia seasonally adjusted food service and drinking places increased 5.4 per cent ($64.7 million) over Jan-Sep 2017 to $1,263.5 million. In Canada, Food service and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) increased 5.2 per cent ($2.6 billion) over Jan-Sep 2017 to $53.7 billion. Nine provinces reported year-to-date increases in Food service and drinking places, with British Columbia (7.5 %) reporting the largest gain, and Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.3 %) reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

 

 

 

Nova Scotia Year-to-date Sales by Establishment Type

Among types of establishments,

  • limited-service eating places, accounting for 51% of total food service and drinking places receipts, increased 8.3 per cent ($49.6 million) over Jan-Sep 2017 to $644 million.
  • Full-service restaurants (40% of total Food service and drinking places) increased 4.6 per cent ($22.0 million) to $504 million.
  • Special food services (6% of total Food service and drinking places) decreased 3.2 per cent ($2.5 million) to $74 million.
  • Drinking places -alcoholic beverages (4% of total Food service and drinking places) decreased 1.7 per cent ($0.8 million) to $46 million.

 

 

BACKGROUND: FOOD SERVICES AND DRINKING PLACES

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 eating places, 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 sometimes provide limited food services as well)  

 Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  21-10-0019-01   Monthly survey of food services and drinking places (x 1,000)



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