Edition: July 29, 2015 Issue 15-22
Issue 15-22: Highlights
Investment - Investment in non-residential building construction in British Columbia inched up 0.3% (seasonally adjusted) in the second quarter. Spending on institutional buildings led the growth (+4.5%), followed by the industrial sector (+1.0%), but there was a slowdown in commercial investment (-1.7%).
Manufacturing Shipments - Shipments of goods manufactured in B.C. were unchanged (+0.0%, seasonally adjusted) at $3.6 billion in May.
Retail Sales - Retailers in the province had a good month in May as sales jumped 1.0% (seasonally adjusted), following an uneventful April (+0.0%). Sales by retailers of clothing and general merchandise contributed most to the increase.
Amusement and Recreation - Canada’s amusement parks and arcades generated operating revenues of $465.3 million in 2013, down (-1.6%) from the previous year.
Employment Insurance - The number of British Columbians receiving regular employment insurance (EI) benefits was up 0.9% (seasonally adjusted) in May, climbing to 51,830Read full edition >>
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- B.C.'s manufacturing shipments were $3.6 billion in May, virtually unchanged from April.
- Retail sales in British Columbia increased 1.0% in May.
- The number of British Columbians receiving regular employment insurance benefits climbed 0.9% in May.