Canada GDP disappoints
Data from Stats Canada this morning showed that the Canadian economy contracted in February, falling short of expectations, as both mining and rail transportation recorded sharp declines.
Canada’s GDP contracted -0.1% in February from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted C$1.946T. Market expectations were looking for a flat reading. On a year-over-year basis, the Canadian economy advanced +1.1% in February.
Canada PPI rises
Stats Canada also reported that Canadian producer prices (PPI) rose last month because of higher prices for energy and petroleum products. Meanwhile, the country’s raw-materials price index also rose.
Canada’s industrial product price index rose +1.3% in March, following a +0.3% increase in February.
Note: Of the 21 commodity groups tracked for PPI, 16 were up, one was down and four were unchanged.
On a 12-month basis, the index rose +1.5%.
Elsewhere, prices paid by manufacturers for raw materials rose by +2.8% in March, following a revised +3.0% increase in February. On a 12-month basis, prices for raw materials were down -1.5%.
Loonie under pressure
CAD’s initial reaction to this morning released data is to reverse course from the loonie’s high of the day so far. USD/CAD is currently trading C$1.3448, paring some of CAD’s gains on the back of a softer USD over the past 24 hours.
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