OTTAWA — Canadian factory sales fell for a second consecutive month in July, Statistics Canada said Tuesday due in large part to a drop in the auto sector.Manufacturing sales fell 2.6 per cent to $52.5 billion in July following a 1.9 per cent drop in June.Sales were down 1.4 per cent in July on a constant basis.“The second month of declines in both value and volumes suggests that momentum may be fading somewhat at Canadian factories,” TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a report.“To be sure, with a shift in the shutdown schedule at auto plants contributing significantly to the pullback, a rebound may be in store next month as these assembly lines come back to life. But with the forward-looking indicators down again in July, rebound expectations should be tempered.”Statistics Canada said the annual auto assembly plant summer shutdowns were longer and more concentrated in July than in previous years and that changes to the models being manufactured in Canada also contributed to the decline.Excluding motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, manufacturing sales increased 0.2 per cent.Sales fell in nine of 21 industries, representing 57 per cent of the manufacturing sector.Sales of transportation equipment fell 13.8 per cent to $9.6 billion in July due a 19.9 per cent drop in motor vehicles and a 11.3 per cent move lower by motor vehicle parts.Food industry sales also fell 0.9 per cent, while gains were made by the wood products sector which gained 2.3 per cent and primary metals which added 1.9 per cent. Non-metallic mineral products gained 4.4 per cent.
Brock’s seven CIRA Ontario banners. Call it Lucky No. 7.Brock University has its seventh CIRA Ontario Outstanding Intramural Achievement banner.The University was recognized yet again for providing a stellar intramural experience to students, giving 6,800 Badgers the chance to play the usual sport suspects like volleyball, or the off-beat, such as innertube water polo, underwater hockey and ultimate Frisbee.In all, 52 competitive and recreational activities were offered, with two new leagues added to the roster: tchouckball and extreme intramurals, which combined, saw nearly 30 teams and 200 people participate.“The most rewarding part of Intramurals is the fact that students and staff from all over the campus choose to participate. Our program sees students in all faculties participate,” Megan Locker, intramural program co-ordinator wrote in the award application.“What makes Brock Intramurals outstanding is the fact that all participants are given plenty of opportunities to meet other students while participating in sports they may or may not have played before on campus.”That sentiment was echoed by students, who wrote letters of support for the University.“Getting involved with intramurals really made all the difference to my time at Brock and it really made me want to encourage others to do the same,” one student wrote. “I look forward to continuing the remainder of my years at Brock with the intramural program andseeing just how much fun we can have.”