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Canadian manufacturing sales slip 0.2 per cent in February

Workers produce brake and fuel lines at Caledon Tubing in St Mary’s, Ont. in 2016.

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Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.2 per cent in February to $53.6-billion as the motor vehicle assembly and petroleum and coal product manufacturing industries declined.

Economists had expected a drop of 0.7 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.

Factory sales were down in 10 of the 21 industries, representing 37 per cent of the Canadian manufacturing sector.

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In volume terms, sales ticked up 0.1 per cent.

Sales in the motor vehicle assembly industry fell 5.3 per cent to $5.7-billion, while the petroleum and coal products industry dropped 5.0 per cent to $5.1-billion.

Sales fell in seven provinces, led by Ontario, which fell 1.1 per cent to $25.7-billion.

Sales in Quebec rose 2.1 per cent to $12.9-billion.

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