Canadian Wholesale Sales Rise 0.7% in June

Canadian wholesale sales rose in June for a third consecutive month and beat market expectations, as this segment of the economy proved to be one of the few bright lights in an otherwise dreary second quarter.

June wholesale trade rose 0.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted 56.42 billion Canadian dollars ($43.89 billion), Statistics Canada said Monday. Traders anticipated a 0.1% gain, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada. May’s data were revised slightly upward to an increase of 1.9% versus the earlier 1.8% estimate.

In volume terms, sales rose 0.6% month over month.

For the second quarter, Canadian wholesale trade advanced 0.6% on a non-annualized basis, the data agency said. Wholesalers emerged as among the most resilient performers in the Canadian economy for the April-to-June period, as the overall economy struggled with soft U.S. demand, low commodity prices and the fallout from wildfires in the energy-producing province of Alberta.

That being said, wholesale trade accounts for roughly 5% of Canada’s total economic output, so the solid report “doesn’t dramatically change the picture of an economy that’s struggling under the weight of disappointing trade and business investment cutbacks,” said Jimmy Jean, economist at Desjardins Capital Markets.

via WSJ

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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