16 November 2010 15:34 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS)--Chemicals sales in Canada fell 0.1% in September to Canadian dollar (C$) 3.708bn ($3.671bn) from August, a government statistics agency said on Tuesday.
The decline came after Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported a 1.5% sequential increase in chemical sales in August from July.
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Compared with September 2009, overall Canadian chemical sales were up 9.0%, the agency said.
Canadian sales of plastics and rubber products in September 2010 fell 1.8% to C$1.73bn from August but were up 4.7% from September 2009.
Overall, Canadian manufacturing sales in September totalled C$45.09bn, down 0.6% from August, with the decline mainly due to the transportation equipment industry in central
Compared with September 2009, overall manufacturing sales were up 9.1%.
New manufacturing orders in September totalled C$44.03bn, down 4.9% from August but up 9.2% from September 2009.
Manufacturing inventory levels in September were C$60.52bn, down 0.2% from August and up 1.4% from September 2009.
The overall manufacturing inventory-to-sales ratio was 1.34 in September, unchanged from August but down from 1.44 in September 2009.
In related industry news, Canadian chemical railcar shipments for the year-to-date period to 6 November were up 23.4% to 637,551, from 516,765 in 2009.
($1 = C$1.01)
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