Big increases in shipments across the board

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Motor vehicles (+16.2%), chemical products (+9.5%), computer and electronic products (+17.0%) and automotive parts (+7.1%) manufacturing were among the majority of industries reporting significant gains in September.

Manufacturers of motor vehicles recovered approximately two-thirds of the shipments lost in August (-23.1%) as a result of the blackout, according to the data from Statistics Canada. Shipments increased to $5.2 billion in September, but on a year-to-date basis, they remain 4.2% off levels of one year ago.

Shipments of chemical products improved to $3.4 billion in September, the highest level since March. Manufacturers of petrochemical and pharmaceutical products contributed to the gains.

A quarter-end boost in computer manufacturing resulted in a stellar September for the otherwise beleaguered industry. Shipments of computer and electronic products climbed 17.0% to $1.7 billion in September, marking the third increase in the last four months.

For more information or to order further data, contact Statistics Canada at 1-866-873-8789; 613-951-9497; fax: 613-951-9499;

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