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

October 22, 2020
FOOD SERVICES AND DRINKING PLACES, AUGUST 2020

 

Month-over-Month (Aug 2020 vs Jul 2020, seasonally adjusted)

  • Nova Scotia food services and drinking places receipts increased 2.3 per cent to $116.5 million.
  • Canada's food services and drinking places receipts increased 6.4 per cent to $5.1 billion.
  • Nine provinces reported monthly increases in food services and drinking places, with
    • Ontario (9.5%) reporting the largest gain, and
    • Manitoba (-3.7%) reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

 

Year-over-Year (Aug 2020 vs Aug 2019, seasonally adjusted)

  • Nova Scotia food services and drinking places receipts decreased 21.7 per cent.
  • Canada's food services and drinking places receipts decreased 21.5 per cent.
  • None of the provinces reported year-over-year increases in food services and drinking place receipts, with
    • Saskatchewan (-8.6%) reporting the smallest decline and
    • Ontario (-26.6%) reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

 

Year-to-Date(Jan-Aug 2019 vs Jan-Aug 2020, seasonally adjusted)

  • Nova Scotia food services and drinking places receipts decreased 26.0 per cent (-$305.1 million).
  • Canada's food services and drinking places receipts decreased 27.8 per cent (-$14,221.3 million).
  • None of the provinces reported year-to-date increases in food services and drinking place receipts, with
    • Saskatchewan (-19.2%) reporting the smallest decline and
    • Ontario (-31.1%) reporting the largest decline in percentage terms.

 

Long-run Trend

Nova Scotia's Food services and drinking places month over month sales declined sharply in March 2020 (-32.5%) and April 2020 (-38.7%). Recovery began with rapid gains in May 2020 (+31.8%) and June 2020 (+34.9%). Compared to February 2020, Nova Scotia's August 2020 Food services and drinking places sales were still -20.1 per cent below their pre-pandemic levels.

National food services and drinking places sales continued to rebound for the fourth consecutive month but are still -21.9 per cent below pre-pandemic levels. All provinces report food services and drinking places sales remain -10 per cent to -27 per cent below February 2020 levels. 

 

NOVA SCOTIA SECTORS

 

Nova Scotia Year-over-year Sales by Establishment Type (Jan-Aug 2020 vs Jan-Aug 2019, unadjusted for seasonality)

Compared with Jan-Aug-19, the reductions in food service and drinking place receipts have been most pronounced for Nova Scotia's full-service restaurants (-$212.8 million or 46.1 per cent).  In percentage terms, the declines have been more severe for drinking places (-53.7 per cent). 

  • Limited-service eating places decreased 12.8 per cent (-$75.9 million) to $81.7 million.
  • Full-service restaurants  decreased 46.1 per cent (-$212.8 million) to $48.1 million.
  • Special food services decreased 37.7 per cent (-$26.7 million) to $3.5 million.
  • Drinking places -alcoholic beverages  decreased 53.7 per cent (-$18.2 million) to $3.0 million.

 

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



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