Total manufacturing sales in Canada rose 3.7% in February, according to preliminary data of Statistics Canada. The growth was mainly due to higher sales in the motor vehicle, petroleum and coal, wood, as well as food product industries.
This estimate was calculated based on a weighted response rate of 77.2%. The average final response rate for the survey over the previous 12 months has been 94.1%. As Statistics Canada continues to collect data for the February reference month, this early indicator is subject to a higher revision rate than our regular monthly release.