Canadian lumber production shows signs of recovery

Posted by Rumin Mann
February 2nd, 2011

Canadian lumber production is showing signs of recovery, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday, although the output from sawmills dipped in November following three straight months of increases.

Sawmills produced 4.56 million cubic metres worth of lumber in November, which was 4.8 per cent less than the 4.8 million cubic metres they produced in October.

However, that 4.56 million cubic metres was 14 per cent higher than the same month a year ago.

British Columbia produced just under half of that total, 2.24 million cubic metres.

For 2010 to the end of November, Statistics Canada recorded 59.15 million cubic metres of Canadian lumber production, an increase of 17.5 per cent from 2009. B.C. produced 51 per cent of that lumber, some 25 million cubic metres.

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