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

December 17, 2018
FOOD SERVICES AND DRINKING PLACES, OCTOBER 2018

In October 2018, Statistics Canada reported on a month-over-month basis, reported that food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Nova Scotia decreased 0.4 per cent to $144.5 million over September 2018. Food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada decreased 0.3 per cent to $6.1 billion over September 2018. Four provinces reported monthly increases in food services and drinking places receipts, with Newfoundland and Labrador (0.6 per cent) reporting the largest gain and Saskatchewan (-1.0 per cent) reporting the largest decline.

In October 2018, on a year-over-year basis, food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Nova Scotia increased 6.8 per cent over October 2017. Food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada increased 3.9 per cent over October 2017. All provinces reported year-over-year increases in Food services and drinking places, with Prince Edward Island (9.0 per cent) reporting the largest gain and Saskatchewan (0.7 per cent) reporting the smallest gain in percentage terms.

In Jan-Oct 2018, on a year-to-date basis, Nova Scotia seasonally adjusted food services and drinking places receipts increased 5.5 per cent ($73.9 million) over Jan-Oct 2017 to $1,408.0 million. Food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada increased 5.0 per cent ($2,825.7 million) over Jan-Oct 2017 to $59.7 billion. All provinces except Newfoundland and Labrador reported year-to-date increases in Food services and drinking places, with British Columbia (7.3 per cent) reporting the largest gain.

Although Nova Scotia’s food service and drinking place receipts exhibit somewhat more volatile growth from one month to the next, the provincial trend has been in line with national growth since 2015. 

Nova Scotia Year-to-date Sales by Establishment Type

Among types of establishments,

  • Limited-service eating places, accounting for 51% of total food services and drinking places receipts, increased 8.0 per cent ($53.2 million) over Jan-Oct 2017 to $719 million.
  • Full-service restaurants (40% of total Food services and drinking places) increased 5.4 per cent ($28.7 million) to $563 million.
  • Special food services (6% of total Food services and drinking places) decreased 2.8 per cent ($2.5 million) to $86 million.
  • Drinking places -alcoholic beverages (4% of total Food services and drinking places) decreased 2.2 per cent ($1.2 million) to $50 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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