12/14/2012 08:42 EST | Updated 02/13/2013 05:12 EST

Manufacturing Sales Canada: October Disappoints With 1.4 Per Cent Contraction

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Hamilton, CANADA: A partial view of the Dofasco Steel steel mill in Hamilton, Ontario, is shown 27 January, 2006. Canada's biggest steel maker, Dofasco Inc., insisted 27 January that it was still being bought by European group Arcelor despite a hostile takeover of Arcelor launched by world leader Mittal Steel.Dofasco said in a statement that 'notwithstanding the announcement by Mittal Steel of an unsolicited bid for Arcelor SA, Arcelor is committed to pursuing its acquisition of Dofasco'. 'The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals, which Arcelor has indicated it is proceeding to obtain in the usual manner,' it said. 'Dofasco's board of directors has no reason to believe that the acquisition will not close in the ordinary course.' AFP PHOTO Jorge UZON (Photo credit should read JORGE UZON/AFP/Getty Images)

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales declined 1.4 per cent in October to $48.8 billion, reflecting drops in aerospace products and parts, motor vehicle assembly and the primary metal industries.

It says the declines were partly offset by higher sales in petroleum and coal products as well as the wood product industries.

Overall, sales declined in 12 of 21 industries, representing approximately 71 per cent of the manufacturing sector.

Durable goods sales decreased 2.9 per cent to $24.7 billion, while sales of non-durable goods rose 0.3 per cent to $24.2 billion.

Constant-dollar manufacturing sales fell 2.4 per cent in October, indicating a decline in the volume of manufactured goods sold.

Sales were down in six provinces, though the decrease was concentrated in Ontario, where sales dropped 3.4 per cent to $22 billion.

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