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Value of building permits down 4.1 per cent in December: StatsCan

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says the value of building permits issued by municipalities declined 4.1 per cent to $6.5 billion in December, following a 6.6 per cent decrease in November.

A drop in plans for commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings in Ontario and British Columbia were responsible for much of the December decrease at the national level.

The agency says the value of building permits for 2013 as a whole edged down 0.1 per cent from 2012 to $80.8 billion.

The value of residential permits fell for a second consecutive month in December, slipping 9.3 per cent to $3.7 billion.

In the non-residential sector, the value of permits rose 3.7 per cent to $2.8 billion in December, following a 4.5 per cent decrease the previous month.

The value of permits was down in seven provinces in December, with Ontario and British Columbia posting the largest declines.

The Canadian Press

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