Food services and drinking places sales up 3% in May, StatCan says

OTTAWA – According to Statistics Canada, sales in the food service and drinking places subsector rose 3% to $7.4 billion in May, the highest value since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 and series.

The agency said Tuesday that sales at drinking places rose 6.1% in May, while full-service restaurants saw a 3.1% increase and limited-service restaurants rose 1. .9%.

The special catering services category, which includes caterers, food trucks and companies that supply food under contract, such as through concessions, cafeterias or airlines, climbed 8.1% .

Statistics Canada said every province reported higher sales, with most lifting restrictions in May.

Ontario recorded the largest increase in sales of food services and drinking places, at 3.8%.

Although Quebec only removed its mask mandate in mid-May, it saw the second highest sales increase at 3.5%.

Unadjusted sales in May were up 62.2% from May 2021 and 12.7% from May 2019, the agency said.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants rose 6.8% in May from the same month a year ago, while prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments rose 5.5% .

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 26, 2022.


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