Sales at what it calls “drinking places” saw a whopping 40 per cent increase in July, Statistics Canada says, as bars, pubs and some nightclubs continued to reopen.
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That was followed closely by sales at full-service restaurants, which rose by more than a third compared with June.
Statistics Canada says eight per cent of full-service restaurants were closed for the entire month of July, compared with 11 per cent in June, 21 cent in May and nearly half in April.
The federal statistics agency says unadjusted sales in July were still down nearly a quarter compared with the same month last year.