By Paul Vieira

OTTAWA--Canadian manufacturing shipments increased in June at a faster-than-expected pace on strong chemical sales , Statistics Canada said Friday.

Factory sales increased 0.6% to 51.96 billion Canadian dollars ($47.69 billion). Market expectations were for a 0.4% advance, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada. The level of sales is the fourth-highest on record.

Volumes rose 0.2% in the month.

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August 15, 2014 08:45 ET (12:45 GMT)

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