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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email: thomas.storring@novascotia.ca

August 25, 2020
FOOD SERVICES AND DRINKING PLACES, JUNE 2020

Month over month (Jun20 vs May20, seasonally adjusted)

Nova Scotia food services and drinking places receipts increased 27.5 per cent to $98.5 million.

Canada's food services and drinking places receipts increased 26.8 per cent to $3.9 billion.

All provinces reported monthly increases in food services and drinking places, with Quebec (38.3%)  reporting the largest gain, and Prince Edward Island (14.3%)  reporting the smallest gain in percentage terms.

Year-over-Year (Jun20 vs Jun 19, seasonally adjusted)

Nova Scotia food services and drinking places receipts decreased 31.9 per cent over June 2019. Canada's food services and drinking places receipts decreased 36.9 per cent  over June 2019.

All provinces reported year-over-year declines in food services and drinking place receipts, with Manitoba (-17.0%)  reporting the smallest decline and Ontario (-45.1%)  reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

The most severe COVID-19 related restrictions were in place for April to June.  Comparing these second quarter results with the three previous months provides an assessment of the impacts of COVID-19 related closures on food services and drinking places.  Nova Scotia food services and drinking places reported a decline of 40.3 per cent from Q1 of 2020 to Q2.  National food service and drinking place receipts were down 43.5 per cent.  The largest declines were reported in Ontario and Quebec while the smallest declines were reported in Manitoba and New Brunswick. 

 

 

Long-run Trend

Prior to the start of COVID-related measures, Nova Scotia's food services and drinking place receipts were slowing. After COVID-related closures and restrictions were imposed, food services and drinking places receipts declined dramatically.  In the last two months, all provinces have reported increases in monthly receipts, but as of June 2020 all are still well below pre-COVID levels.

 

Nova Scotia Year-over-year Sales by Establishment Type (Jun20 vs Jun19, unadjusted for seasonality)

 

Compared with Jun19, the reductions in food service and drinking place receipts have been most pronounced for Nova Scotia's full service restaurants.  In percentage terms, the declines have been more severe for drinking places and specialty/mobile/catering food services.  

  • Limited-service eating place receipts decreased 11.0 per cent ($8.6 million) to $69.4 million.
  • Full-service restaurant receipts decreased 54.9 per cent ($34.1 million)  to $28.1 million.
  • Special food services receipts decreased 79.7 per cent ($5.7 million) to $1.5 million.
  • Drinking place receipts decreased 54.9 per cent (-2.8 million) to $2.1 million.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, comparisons of year-to-date averages and sums do not show Nova Scotia’s rapidly-changing economic situation.  The DailyStats will focus on year-over-year comparisons, comparing one month with the same month in the prior year.  Where possible the DailyStats will make comparisons of seasonally adjusted data from the pre-COVID-19 period (January  and February 2020) with the period during which COVID-19 measures were in place from March 2020 onwards.

Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  21-10-0019-01   Monthly survey of food services and drinking places (x 1,000)



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