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A man uses a grinder on steel stairs at George Third & Son Steel Fabricators and Erectors in Burnaby, B.C., on March 29, 2018.

Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

Canadian manufacturing sales fell more than expected in November as sales in the primary metal, chemical and food industries moved lower, offset in part by gains in the transportation and fabricated metal industries.

Statistics Canada says the value of manufacturing sales fell 0.6 per cent to $57-billion in November, its third consecutive monthly decrease.

Economists had expected a drop of 0.2 per cent, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.

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Sales were down in 11 of 21 industries, representing 55 per cent of total manufacturing sales.

Non-durable goods fell 1.3 per cent to $27-billion, while sales of durable goods were unchanged.

Canadian manufacturing sales volume fell 0.8 per cent.

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