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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email: thomas.storring@novascotia.ca

July 23, 2019
FOOD SERVICES AND DRINKING PLACES, MAY 2019

Month over Month

In May 2019, Statistics Canada on a month-over-month basis, reported that food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Nova Scotia increased 0.4 per cent to $144.8 million over April 2019. Food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada increased 0.2 per cent to $6.2 billion over April 2019. Eight provinces reported monthly increases in food services and drinking places, with Prince Edward Island (3.2%) reporting the largest gain, and New Brunswick (-1.5%) reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

Year-over-Year

In May 2019, on a year-over-year basis, food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Nova Scotia increased 5.3 per cent over May 2018.  Food services and drinking place receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada increased 3.8 per cent over May 2018.  All provinces reported year-over-year increases in food services and drinking place receipts, with Prince Edward Island (11.7%) reporting the largest gain and Newfoundland and Labrador (0.9%) reporting the smallest gain in percentage terms.

Year-to-Date

In Jan-May 2019, on a year-to-date basis, Nova Scotia seasonally adjusted food services and drinking places increased 3.6 per cent ($24.7 million) over Jan-May 2018 to $711.9 million. Food services and drinking places receipts (seasonally adjusted) in Canada increased 4.3 per cent ($1,270.2 million) over Jan-May 2018 to $30.7 billion.  All provinces reported year-to-date increases in food services and drinking place receipts, with Prince Edward Island (9.8%) reporting the largest gain and Alberta (2.4%) reporting the smallest gain in percentage terms.

Long-run Trend

Although Nova Scotia’s food service and drinking place receipts exhibit somewhat more volatile growth from one month to the next, the provincial trend was in line with national growth up to 2017. Since 2018 Canada's growth in food services and drinking place receipts has been faster. 

 

Nova Scotia Year-to-date Sales by Establishment Type

Among types of establishments,

  • Limited-service eating places, accounting for 53% of total food services and drinking places receipts , increased 5.1 per cent ($16.6 million) over Jan-May 2018 to $343 million.
  • Full-service restaurants (37% of total Food services and drinking places ) increased 3.5 per cent ($8.3 million) to $244 million.
  • Special food services (7% of total Food services and drinking places ) decreased 2.1 per cent ($0.9 million) to $44 million.
  • Drinking places -alcoholic beverages (3% of total Food services and drinking places ) increased 0.4 per cent ($0.084 million) to $20 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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