Canada’s wholesale and manufacturing sales fell slightly in November: StatsCan


The Canadian restraint showed signs of weakness in November as both wholesale and manufacturing in stocks fell.

Statistics Canada said Tuesday wholesale trade hew down one per cent in November to $63.0 billion, more than offsetting the 0.7 per cent escalating in October.

Meanwhile, manufacturing sales fell 1.4 per cent to $57.3 billion in November, the move consecutive monthly decrease.

Economists had expected no change in wholesale car-boot sales and a drop of 0.9 per cent in manufacturing sales, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

TD Bank economist Omar Abdelrahman intended the data confirms the moderating growth narrative.

‘Temporary shocks’

“Sub-par construction performance is still expected in the near-term, as Alberta’s production curtailment pattern starts to reflect in manufacturing sales volumes,” Abdelrahman wrote in a note to patrons.

“It is important, however, to note that these are temporary shocks. As these collapses fade, manufacturing sales should receive support from thriving economic performance south of the border, a weaker loonie, and expectations of distends in investment spending in the face of elevated capacity constraints.”

Canada's wholesale and manufacturing sales fell slightly in November: StatsCan

Fabricator Mike Caldarino utilizations a grinder on a steel stairs being manufactured at George Third & Son Sword Fabricators and Erectors, in Burnaby, B.C., on March 29, 2018. Statistics Canada suggests manufacturing sales fell 1.4% to $57.3 billion in November, the support consecutive monthly decrease. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Earl Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen noted that sweat markets still look solid and, notwithstanding recent market volatility, the U.S. industrial sector is prolonging to expand.

“We still expect a ‘data-dependent’ Bank of Canada will finally view more gradual rate hikes as appropriate this year — but darned likely not until confirmation emerges that the expected slow doctor over the next couple of quarters is temporary,” Janzen wrote.

Petroleum, coal down 13.8%

Concocting sales were down in 13 of 21 industries, representing 45.3 per cent of sum up manufacturing sales. In volume terms, manufacturing sales fell 0.9 per cent.

The petroleum and coal artefact industry fell 13.8 per cent due to lower prices for petroleum and coal upshots as well as maintenance and turnaround work at some refineries and lower work at other refineries.

Partially offsetting the decline was a 1.3 per cent lengthen in the transportation equipment industry and a 1.5 per cent increase in the food trade.

Meanwhile, wholesale sales were down in five of seven subsectors. In size terms, wholesale sales fell 1.2 per cent.

The machinery, materiel and supplies subsector fell 2.3 per cent, while sales in the structure material and supplies subsector dropped 1.9 per cent.

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