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March 23, 2023

 Month-over-Month (January 2023 vs December 2022, seasonally adjusted)

 Nova Scotia food services and drinking places receipts increased 6.3% to $189.3 million. Canada's food services and drinking places receipts increased 8.7% to $8.0 billion. All provinces reported monthly increases in receipts for food services and drinking places, with British Columbia reporting the largest gain and Prince Edward Island recording the smallest increased.



Year-over-year (January 2023 vs January 2022)

Nova Scotia food services and drinking places receipts increased 50.2%. Canada's food services and drinking places receipts increased 52.0%. All provinces reported year-over-year increases in food services and drinking place receipts, with Quebec and Ontario reporting the largest gains. Saskatchewan reported the smallest gain.

Nova Scotia's year-to-date gains in food service receipts are primarily attributable to the increases in limited service eating places as well as full-service restaurants. In percentage terms, however the gains were faster for drinking places and special food services.


Food services and drinking places have reported repeated downturns during imposition of COVID restrictions.  As these restrictions eased, food service receipts have rebounded, and Nova Scotia has surpassed its pre-pandemic levels.

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



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