Manufacturing sales rose 1.2 per cent to $50.8 billion in June, the second consecutive gain and the third increase since January 2015. Despite the gains in June, year-to-date sales were down 1.5 per cent from the same period in 2014. There were gains in 80 per cent of the manufacturing industries; 18 of the 21 industries. Chemical products and motor vehicles led the stronger showing while fabricated metals offset some of the gains. Quebec, Alberta and Ontario were the strongest provinces.
More market talk: