Manufacturing sales fell 2.1 per cent in April as chip shortage hurt auto industry
A Lexus NX300 is shown in the Visitor Centre following an announcement at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada's plant in Cambridge Ont., Monday, April 29, 2019. Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins
OTTAWA -- Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 2.1 per cent to $57.1 billion in April as the auto industry was hurt by a continued shortage of semiconductor chips that prompted companies to halt or slow production.
The agency says transportation equipment sales fell 23.6 per cent to $6.4 billion as motor vehicle sales fell 36.5 per cent to $2.3 billion in April, the largest month-over-month decrease since April 2020.
Sales in the motor vehicle parts industry fell 19.0 per cent to $1.9 billion.
However, manufacturing sales excluding the transportation equipment industry rose 1.5 per cent in April.
Machinery sales rose 14.6 per cent to a record $3.7 billion in April, while wood product sales also rose 6.5 per cent to a record $4.9 billion for the month.
Statistics Canada says sales in constant dollars fell 3.3 per cent in April, indicating a lower volume of goods sold.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 14, 2021.