OTTAWA, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Petroleum and coal sales led Canada's monthly manufacturing sales in September to a 2.6 percent rise to $49.2 billion, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.
The increase was the third consecutive monthly gain and was also helped by a spike in sales in the transportation sector, the agency said.
"Higher sales were reported in 10 of 21 industries, representing 60.5 percent of total manufacturing," StatsCan said.
Petroleum and coal product sales jumped 13.7 percent to $7.6 billion in September, the largest gain since March 1999.
Transportation equipment manufacturing sales rose 7.1 percent to $8 billion, led by gains in the aerospace parts subsector, the report said.
Meanwhile, the food sector recorded a 3 percent decline in sales in September, the agency said.
Regionally, higher manufacturing sales were reported in nine of the 10 provinces, led by Alberta and Quebec.
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