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    Alberta manufacturing sales third best in Canada $74.829 billion in 2012
  • 23Mar

    CALGARY — Alberta was the third-largest province in terms of manufacturing, with sales of $74.829 billion in 2012, according to a report released Monday by Statistics Canada.

    The federal agency said the province accounted for 12.7 per cent of manufacturing sales in Canada.

    Ontario led the country with sales of $271.983 billion followed by Quebec at $137.827 billion.

    “The recent economic recession saw manufacturing sales in Alberta drop 23.1 per cent in 2009. The province recovered quickly, however, with annual sales in 2011 exceeding the previous high set in 2008 ... Growth in Alberta continued in 2012, with annual sales up 5.6 per cent compared with sales in 2011.”

    In terms of annual sales, the top three manufacturing industries in Alberta in 2012 were petroleum and coal products, chemical products, and food. Food was the largest manufacturing industry until 2002, when it was surpassed by the chemical products industry. Chemical products was the largest manufacturing industry in 2003 and 2004. Since 2005, the petroleum and coal products industry has had the highest annual sales, said Statistics Canada.

    “Since 1997, the petroleum and coal products industry has contributed the most to sales growth in the province, with sales advancing over 300 per cent, from $4.9 billion to $19.6 billion in 2012. Only machinery sales have held pace over the same period, gaining about 300 per cent, with sales increasing from $2.3 billion to $9.1 billion,” said the federal agency.

    “Other industries with significant growth since 1997 include fabricated metal products (213.6 per cent), non-metallic mineral products (134.1 per cent), chemical manufacturing (89.9 per cent), and food manufacturing (74.6 per cent). The only industry with a notable decrease in annual sales was computer and electronic products, which fell 67.6 per cent from $2.1 billion in 1997 to $672 million in 2012.”

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