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Strong manufacturing growth maintained in July

8/2/2018 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Canadian manufacturers recorded robust rises in output, new orders and employment during July, thereby signalling another marked improvement in overall business conditions across the sector.

However, the latest survey also signalled a steep and accelerated rise in prices charged by manufacturing firms, which was widely linked to the impact of U.S. trade tariffs on steel and aluminium. At the same time, strong demand for raw materials and transportation bottlenecks led to a survey-record lengthening of delivery times from suppliers.

“The manufacturing sector continued to perform strongly during July, with growth proving resilient against a backdrop of intense supply chain pressures and escalating concerns about global trade. ”

Regional highlights:

  • Robust upturn in manufacturing conditions seen across all regions, led by Quebec
  • Quebec experienced the greatest lengthening of suppliers’ delivery times in July
  • Manufacturers in Alberta & BC recorded the sharpest rise in average cost burdens, as well as the greatest degree of inventory building

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