Foodservice recovery continues to moderate

Published November 26, 2020

The recovery in foodservice sales that began in May continued to moderate in September. On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales rose by a tepid 1.8% in September over August. This compares with a month-over-month increase of 6.6% in August and 13.4% in July.

On year year-over-year basis, nominal commercial sales decreased by 20.2% in Canada in September. This is relatively unchanged from the 22.5% decline in sales in August.   While quick-service restaurants posted a 6.9% decline in September, sales at full-service restaurants fell by 25.0% and drinking place sales tumbled by 36.5%.

Despite the doom and gloom, there was some positive momentum at the provincial level.  Quick-service restaurants reported higher year-over-year sales in Saskatchewan (+5.2%), Manitoba (+0.2%) and Prince Edward Island (+0.1%).  While all provinces posted sharply lower sales at full-service restaurants, the declines were smaller in New Brunswick (-16.6%) and Saskatchewan (-14.5%).

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