March 17, 2017 / 12:49 PM / in 8 months

Canada January factory sales up 0.6 percent on coal, petroleum

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian factory sales rose 0.6 percent in January from December as non-durabale goods sales increased, lead by the petroleum and coal industry, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday.

An FCA assembly worker works on the production line of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the FCA Windsor Assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Month/month change (pct)

Jan Dec(rev) Dec(prev)

Sales +0.6 +2.1 +2.3

Sales ex-autos +0.3 +1.7 +1.9

Inventories +1.1 -0.1 -0.3

Unfilled orders +0.3 -1.9 -1.9

New orders +4.6 -0.5 -0.6

Jan Dec(rev) Dec(prev)

Inv/sales ratio 1.31 1.30 1.30

NOTE: Analysts surveyed by Reuters had forecast on average a decreased of 0.2 percent in the value of shipments in January from December. All figures are seasonally adjusted.

(Story corrects headline and first paragraph to “coal” from “core”.)

Reporting by Leah Schnurr and Dale Smith; Editing by Denny Thomas

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