OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales rose 0.6 per cent in June to $52 billion — the fifth increase in six months.

The agency says the gain resulted from a 3.0 per cent increase in non-durable goods sales, notably by chemical, petroleum and coal products and the food industries.

Statistics Canada says constant dollar sales rose 0.2 per cent in June.

The agency says higher chemical sales led the gains, while there were lower sales in the motor vehicle industry.

The agency says there were higher sales in six provinces, led by Alberta and Quebec, while Ontario had lower sales.

Inventories rose 0.5 per cent to $72.2 billion in June, Statistics Canada says, the fifth increase in six months.