Ontario leads provinces despite lower shipments

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OTTAWA, Ont. — Seven provinces, led by Ontario, reported lower shipments in April.

Decreases in motor vehicle and parts manufacturing, as well as in petroleum, contributed to a decline of almost $1 billion (-4.0%) in Ontario’s shipments.

Petroleum and chemical products manufacturing contributed to a $308 million (-7.9%) drop in Alberta’s shipments in April. Shipments were $3.6 billion, the lowest since October 2002.

Manufacturers in Quebec reported a $128 million (-1.3%) decline, which was concentrated in the petroleum and coal products industry.

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