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Trade Diversification by Province - Aug 21, 2014
By Peter G. Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada
What is one of the most remarkable features of the Canadian economy in the past 15 years? The diversification of international trade to less-traditional global markets. The tech wreck, the thickening border with the US and the soaring loonie in the mid-2000’s turned the attention of Canada’s exporters to fast-growing emerging markets. In a relatively short time span, our trade with this rapidly-rising part of the global economy has risen from less than 5 per cent to almost 13 per cent of our merchandise exports. You’ve likely heard me and others say that before. But how are Canada’s provinces sharing in this neo-bonanza?
Great news: they are all participating in this transformation. Large and small, low- or high-value-added goods, west, east, central, already-diversified or highly concentrated – all provinces are in the game. A key message is that this is a broadly-based, deep-seated phenomenon that is not ...     More >>

Daily Update (Source: RBC Financial Group)
anadian June retail sales rise strongly
Aug 22, 2014
- Nominal retail sales in June 2014 rose by a stronger than expected 1.1% following an upwardly revised 0.9% gain in May.
- The June increase reflected relatively broad-based gains that were led by a 3.8% surge in clothing sales.
- Auto sales dropped by 0.3% with receipts at gasoline stations up by 0.9%.
- Excluding the auto and gasoline station components, so called core sales surged by 1.7% following an upwardly revised 0.2% increase in May.
- On a volumes basis, overall retail sales rose by 0.6% in the month that matched May’s gain.
- Today’s retail sales report was consistent with second-quarter 2014 gross domestic product (GDP) growth likely strengthening to an annualized 2.5% after the ....     More >>

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