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Buyers that supply supermarkets and local chefs pick up their produce at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto, Ont. Nov. 18, 2010. (Kevin Van Paassen/Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)
Buyers that supply supermarkets and local chefs pick up their produce at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto, Ont. Nov. 18, 2010. (Kevin Van Paassen/Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail)

Western provinces push wholesale sales higher Add to ...

Wholesale sales increased 0.9 per cent to $49.2-billion in October, with the growth concentrated in the western provinces.

Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales by volume increased 0.5 per cent in October.

Six of seven subsectors, representing 85 per cent of wholesale trade, reported increases.

The largest increase in dollar terms came in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, where sales rose one per cent to $10.5-billion in October.

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Sales in the food, beverage and tobacco products subsector advanced 1.1 per cent, based solely on a 1.4 increase in the food-products industry.

The miscellaneous subsector increased 1.4 per cent, while the only dollar sales decrease came in the personal and household goods subsector, down 0.4.

The agency reports wholesale sales were up in seven provinces in October, with all four western provinces registering increases.

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