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October 16, 2023

Monthly (seasonally adjusted, August 2023 vs July 2023)                                                                            

Nova Scotia's manufacturing shipments increased 8.9% to $917 million. National shipments increased 0.7% to $72.4 billion.

Manufacturing shipments were up in 7 of 10 provinces, Newfoundland and Labrador had the largest reported growth. The declines were in Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario.


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

Nova Scotia's manufacturing shipments increased 1.1%. National shipments increased 2.4%.

Manufacturing shipments were down in 4 out of 10 provinces. Saskatchewan and British Columbia  reported the largest declines while Prince Edward Island posted the largest increase.



Year-to-date (seasonally adjusted, January-August 2023 vs January-August 2022)

Nova Scotia's manufacturing shipments decreased 2.7%. National shipments increased 1.5%.

Manufacturing shipments were down in 6 of 10 provinces. Prince Edward Island reported the largest increase. New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador reported the steepest declines.

Nova Scotia's durable goods shipments decreased 3.2%, while non-durable goods shipments decreased 2.4%. In Halifax, durable goods shipments increased 3.6%, while non-durables increased 4.3%. Outside Halifax, durable goods shipments decreased 10.3%, while non-durables decreased 3.8%.


After a period of rising shipments, including a particular strong May 2022, Nova Scotia manufacturing shipments declined in the second half of 2022. Periodic spikes in Nova Scotia's shipments values are not uncommon.  Throughout first half of 2023, both Nova Scotia's and Canada manufacturing shipments have generally shown a relatively flat trend. Relative to 2019, Canada manufacturing shipments are maintaining a higher level than Nova Scotia so far in 2023.



Statistics Canada.  Table  16-10-0047-01   Manufacturers' sales, inventories, orders and inventory to sales ratios, by industry (dollars unless otherwise noted); Table  16-10-0048-01   Manufacturing sales by industry and province, monthly (dollars unless otherwise noted) (x 1,000)Table 16-10-0011-01    Manufacturing sales, by industry for 12 Selected Census Metropolitan Areas (x 1,000)

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