18 May 2011 15:52 [Source: ICIS news]
However, compared with March 2010, sales rose 4.1%, Statistics Canada said.
Sales of plastics and rubber products were C$1.82bn, up 1.5% from February and up 5.5% year on year.
The sequential increase for March comes after a decline of 1.8% decline in February from January.
Compared with March 2010, manufacturing sales rose 10.4%.
Inventories were C$61.95bn, up 2.1% from February and up 6.5% year on year from March 2010.
New orders were C$52.48bn, up 11.3% from February and up 22.8% year on year.
The inventory-to-sales ratio was 1.30 in March, unchanged from February, and down from 1.35 in March 2010.
($1 = C$0.97)
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