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Inflation perks up for first time since January

Posted on 19 August 2017 by admin

 

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Canada's annualized inflation rate in July was 1.2 per cent, up from 1.0 per cent in June. The increase was in line with estimates.


Courtesy: The Canadian Press.
Published Friday, August 18, 2017.

OTTAWA — Canadian inflation picked up its pace last month for the first time since January as the annualized rate rose to 1.2 per cent.

Statistics Canada's latest inflation number was up from one per cent in June — which had represented the data point's lowest mark in almost two years.

The agency says the higher price of gasoline, up 4.6 per cent in July compared to a year earlier, was among the biggest contributors behind the increase.

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Higher fuel prices were partly offset by lower electricity prices, due in large part to legislated price declines in Ontario.

July marked the first time the annual inflation rate went up since a peak in January at 2.1 per cent — close to the Bank of Canada's ideal target of 2.0 per cent.

Some experts had pointed to weak inflation as a reason for the central bank to hold off hiking its interest rate — but bank argued the recent softness was mostly temporary and raised its key rate slightly last month.

Here's what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.0 per cent (1.5)
  • Prince Edward Island: 1.8 (1.2)
  • Nova Scotia: 0.9 (0.5)
  • New Brunswick: 1.4 (2.0)
  • Quebec: 0.9 (0.6)
  • Ontario: 1.2(1.3)
  • Manitoba: 0.9 (0.2)
  • Saskatchewan: 0.8 (0.5)
  • Alberta: 1.0 (0.4)
  • British Columbia: 1.9 (1.7)
  • Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.6 (0.6)
  • Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.4 (0.8)

The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):

  • St. John's, N.L.: 1.0 per cent (1.6)
  • Charlottetown-Summerside: 1.6 (1.1)
  • Halifax: 0.9 (0.5)
  • Saint John, N.B.: 1.5 (2.1)
  • Quebec: 1.0 (0.6)
  • Montreal: 1.1 (0.8)
  • Ottawa: 1.0 (1.0)
  • Toronto: 2.0 (2.1)
  • Thunder Bay, Ont.: 0.9 (0.9)
  • Winnipeg: 0.8 (0.2)
  • Regina: 0.8 (0.4)
  • Saskatoon: 1.0 (0.7)
  • Edmonton: 1.1 (0.4)
  • Calgary: 1.3 (0.7)
  • Vancouver: 1.9 (1.8)
  • Victoria: 1.8 (1.8)

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