Canadian Outlook Executive Summary: Autumn 2014

The Conference Board of Canada, 11 pages, October 20, 2014
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This quarterly economic forecast provides highlights of the Canadian Outlook report, which presents the short-term national outlook.

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  • After a particularly cold winter that kept consumers at home, the Canadian economy began to show signs of a pickup in growth.
  • Following a weak start to 2014, Canada’s trade sector has come roaring back. Looking ahead, a weaker dollar, combined with stronger economic activity in the U.S., means the trade sector will be the main source of strength for the Canadian economy.
  • Capital investment continues to disappoint. But a pickup in exports, rising capacity utilization, strong corporate profit growth, and increasing business confidence should result in a healthy increase in investment in 2015.
  • A stronger economy will provide support for an interest rate hike in the second half of 2015.

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