Canada March factory sales most likely rose 3.5%: Statscan flash estimate

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April 23 (Reuters) - Canadian factory sales most likely rose 3.5% in March from February, Statistics Canada said in a flash estimate on Friday. The increase is mostly attributed to higher sales in transportation equipment and the petroleum and coal product industries.

Factory sales fell 1.6% in February.

Statscan said the estimate had been calculated based on responses received from 58.7% of companies surveyed. The average final response rate for the survey over the past 12 months has been 90.5%, it added.

(Reporting by Dale Smith, editing by David Ljunggren; Reuters Ottawa bureau, 613 780 4921; david.ljunggren@tr.com)