Canada Post swings to Q1 loss despite 10 per cent growth in parcels revenues

A Canada Post employee climbs into a mail truck in Halifax on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.Canada Post swung to a $66-million loss before taxes in the first quarter despite a surge in parcel volumes near the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

OTTAWA - Canada Post swung to a $66-million loss before taxes in the first quarter despite a surge in parcel volumes near the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The segment's net loss from the period ended March 28, compared with a $23-million profit a year earlier.

Revenue increased two per cent to $1.68 billion with mail down 0.6 per cent to $729 million and parcels up 10.4 per cent to $666 million.

Canada Post noted that the parcels growth rate was higher than a year ago but lower than the first quarter of 2018.

Direct mail revenues fell 8.6 per cent to $230 million amid continued erosion from digital substitution as well as delays or cancellations of marketing campaigns due to COVID-19.

The cost of operations in the Canada Post segment increased by $93 million while the Canada Post Group of Companies posted a net loss of $39 million compared with a net profit of $29 million in the first quarter of 2019.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2020.

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