Sales in the food services and drinking places subsector increased by 1.6% to $7.2 billion in September. Higher sales were reported in full-service restaurants (+1.9%), limited-service restaurants (+0.9%), special food services (+4.0%), and drinking places (+1.2%), reported Statistics Canada.
“Rising inflation in the subsector continues to put upward pressure on menu pricing, causing customers to pay more to dine out. Higher sales in special food services coincided with the increasing trend of returning to work and school, as well as travel,” said the federal agency.
“Five of the provinces reported increased sales. The greatest increase was in Quebec (+6.6%), followed by British Columbia (+2.3%). The largest decrease in dollar terms was in Ontario (-0.4%). The Maritime provinces all had large decreases in percentage terms: Nova Scotia (-1.3%), New Brunswick (-0.9%), Newfoundland and Labrador (-0.9%), and Prince Edward Island (-1.6%).”
Statistics Canada said unadjusted sales for September 2022 were up 17.5%, compared with September 2021. Sales were up in each of the sub-sectors, with full-service restaurants (+20.2%) and limited-service restaurants (+10.0%) having the largest increases in dollar terms. Special food services (+48.5%) and drinking places (+28.3%) had the largest percentage increase. Each of the provinces also showed an increase. Ontario (+16.5%) had the largest increase in dollar terms, and Quebec (+20.3%), Alberta (+19.6%), and British Columbia (+19.1%) had the largest percentage increases.
“Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 7.5% in September 2022 compared with September 2021, and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments increased by 3.7% over the same period.”
(Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran of the media industry for more than 40 years and named in 2021 a Top Ten Business Journalist in the world and only Canadian)
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