UPDATE 2-Canada March factory output rises to post-recession high
* March sales up 0.4 pct; Reuters survey +0.3 pct
* Constant-dollar sales +0.5 pct
* New orders -19.9 pct, largest fall at least since 1992
* Unfilled orders -0.8 pct; +15.4 pct in Feb (Adds effects of revisions, paragraphs 7-8)
OTTAWA, May 15 (Reuters) - Canadian manufacturing sales rose in March, by 0.4 percent, for the third straight month and the sixth time in the last seven months, and registered a gain of 3.5 percent from a year earlier, Statistics Canada said on Thursday.
Sales rose to a post-recession high of C$50.92 billion ($46.72 billion), the largest since August 2008.
The median forecast in a Reuters survey of analysts had been for a 0.3 percent rise from February, though estimates ranged from a 1.0 percent drop to a 1.6 percent climb.
The volume, or constant-dollar value, of sales rose by 0.5 percent. Continued...