Canadian Economy Shrinks After Oil Price Drop

Canada’s gross domestic product shrank in August, an unexpected decline led by oil and gas extractors.

Output shrank 0.1 percent to an annualized C$1.63 trillion ($1.45 trillion), Statistics Canada said today in Ottawa, while the median forecast in a Bloomberg economist survey with 20 responses was for output to be little changed from July.

Oil and gas extraction declined by 2.5 percent to C$96.9 billion, the second straight decrease, leading the broader drop across goods-producing industries. Output among service producers rose 0.2 percent.

The economy remains hobbled by weak exports and business investment, which Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz says are critical to building the recovery. The central bank extended the longest interest-rate pause since the 1950s this month and said it will take two years to restore full output in the world’s 11th-largest economy.

via Bloomberg

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