Manufacturing sales down 0.7 per cent in December

Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell in December, weighed down by production slowdowns for retooling at some auto assembly plants in Ontario.

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The agency says manufacturing sales fell 0.7 per cent to $71.2 billion in December compared with a 1.5 per cent increase in November.

Sales of motor vehicles fell 13.5 per cent to $4.4 billion in the month, the lowest level since December 2022.

Sales of chemical products also dropped 3.1 per cent to $5.4 billion, driven by a 19.7 per cent decline in sales of pharmaceutical and medicine products.

Meanwhile, sales of aerospace products and parts rose 10.6 per cent to a record $2.5 billion in December.

Total sales in constant dollars were down 0.1 per cent in December.