Canada GDP unchanged in JulyStaff Writer | October 1, 2017
The Canadian economy paused in July on declines in oil extraction and the manufacturing sector, Statistics Canada said on Friday, suggesting the recent strong pace of growth moderated at the start of the third quarter.
Canada Wholesale trade rose 2 percent
While a solid economic performance in the first half of the year has put Canada at the top of the G7 pack and prompted the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates twice, economists expect the hot pace of growth to slow.
A decline in oil extraction in July brought the mining, quarrying and oil sector down 1.2 percent. Mining rose, but support activities for it and oil industries fell.
The manufacturing sector fell 0.4 percent as transportation equipment and vehicle manufacturing decreased. Construction declined 0.5 percent as fewer homes were built, while home improvements were also down.
On the upside, wholesale trade rose 2 percent, the biggest increase since September 2014, on broad-based gains across industries including building materials, and machinery and equipment. ■