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Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 2 per cent in November to $49.6-billion, the fourth increase in five months.

The agency says the gains reflected higher sales in the machinery, petroleum and coal product and motor vehicle industries.

In constant dollars, manufacturing sales were up 1.7 per cent, also the fourth increase in five months.

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Higher sales were reported in 14 of 21 industries, representing approximately 80 per cent of Canadian manufacturing.

Both durable and non-durable goods manufacturers reported gains.

Sales in the machinery industry jumped 13.4 per cent to a record $3.4-billion, with growth based mainly in mining and oil and gas field machinery.

Petroleum and coal product industry sales grew 3.9 per cent to $7.6-billion, as production rose following maintenance and retooling work over the summer and fall.

Motor vehicle sales rose 7.1 per cent to $4.1-billion. These sales have risen 24.9 per cent since their low point last June.

Overall sales increases were somewhat offset by declines in the computer and electronic product industry, where sales were down 11.0 per cent to $1.2-billion.

Manufacturing sales rose in nine provinces in November, with Ontario, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador posting the largest provincial increases in dollar terms.

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Inventory levels rose 0.4 per cent in November to $65.1-billion. It was the 14th consecutive month of inventory growth.

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