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In pictures: Manufacturing marks year-end rebound

Canadian manufacturing had its second-best month for 2011 in October and analysts expect another increase this month

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Gil Mercado of Humble Manufacturing Company Ltd. in Burnaby, B.C., uses a multi-tool CNC punch press to cut sheet metal on Dec. 21. The manufacturing sector has taken a hard hit in recent years.

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Sheet metal pieces await manufacturing at the Humble factory. Manufacturing output rebounded 0.6 per cent in September from a 0.2-per-cent decline in August.

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Gil Mercado stacks completed sheets of sheet metal at the Burnaby factory. Statistics Canada will release updated GDP numbers Dec. 23.

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Danny Retonel puts the finishing touches on pieces of cut sheet metal at the Burnaby factory. Analysts expect a 0.1% increase in Canadian gross domestic product for October.

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Barrels of metal await recycling at the factory. Exports were weak in October because of the strong Canadian dollar and modest growth in advanced economies.

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Tsezar Katsman welds components made out of sheet metal. High growth in the third quarter of the year was considered to be a catch-up period from disrupted supply chains in the second quarter.

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Ron Walsh, president of Humble Manufacturing, inspects completed components at the factory. Manufacturing sales fell 0.8 per cent in October to $48.7-billion after three straight monthly increases, but were the second-highest of any month in 2011, surpassed only by September.

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An employee uses a CNC brake forming machine to form a piece of sheet metal, a stack of unfinished pieces at his side. Lower sales were reported in October in 13 of 21 industries, about two-thirds of Canadian manufacturing.

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