BCREA - Canadian Monthly GDP

Canadian Monthly GDP (April) - June 29, 2012

The Canadian economy expanded 0.3 per cent in April on the heels of 0.1 per cent growth in March. Much of April's increase was due to a 2.7 per cent rebound in the mining and oil gas extraction sector following two months of declines.  Despite a strong headline number, there was underlying weakness in April's numbers as important industries like construction, manufacturing and retail trade all posted declines. 

Today's release puts our GDP tracking estimate at 2 per cent for the second quarter, well below the Bank of Canada's most recent forecast of 2.5 per cent. For the year, we are forecasting that the Canadian economy will grow a modest 2.2 per cent. 

For more information, please contact: 
Cameron Muir
Chief Economist
Direct: 604.742.2780
Mobile: 778.229.1884
Email: cmuir@bcrea.bc.ca

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