Slight dip in Saskatchewan manufacturing sales for January

StatsCan reports manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan took a slip dip in January from the previous month. Alain Jocard / Getty Images

OTTAWA – Manufacturing sales in Saskatchewan took a slip dip in January compared to the previous month.

StatsCan reported on Tuesday sales fell 1.1 per cent to $1.31 billion for the month compared to December 2013, but was the highest sales amount ever recorded for the month of January.

Saskatchewan Economy Minister Bill Boyd said the numbers show the diversity and strength of one of the province’s key sectors.

“Manufacturers here have used innovation and technology to build a solid reputation and are building a customer base at home and abroad,” Boyd said in a release.

“These record sales numbers show Saskatchewan companies are thriving.”

Nationally, sales rose 1.5 per cent to $50.36 billion in January compared to December 2013.

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On a yearly basis, sales were up 10.3 per cent in Saskatchewan compared to the national average of 5.0 per cent. That was the second highest percentage increase among the provinces, trailing only the 13.1 per cent increase in Prince Edward Island.

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