By Paul Vieira

OTTAWA--Canadian factory shipments unexpectedly declined in October for the worst month-over-month performance in six months, marking another setback for an economy that was relying on manufactured goods to help drive growth.

The value of factory sales fell 0.8% to 51.00 billion Canadian dollars ($38.42 billion) in October from September, Statistics Canada said Thursday. Market expectations were for a 0.4% gain, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada.

In volume terms -- which economists eye closely for a better gauge of economic activity -- factory sales plummeted 1.7% in October.

On a 12-month basis, nominal sales rose a meager 1.9%.

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December 15, 2016 08:45 ET (13:45 GMT)

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