Unfilled orders continuing source of unease

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Heading into 2004, the continued erosion of unfilled orders remained a source of unease for manufacturers.

January’s Business Conditions Survey noted that 23% of manufacturers expressed concern for the lower-than-normal backlog of orders, Statistics Canada reports.

Decreases in unfilled orders were widespread in December, including the transportation equipment (-0.9%), plastics and rubber products (-8.3%), and electrical equipment, appliance and component (-9.1%) industries.

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