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Latest Research

Retail sales plummet in March

Today’s Statistics Canada release showed that retail sales fell 10.0 per cent in March, marking their largest monthly decline on record. Clothing stores were the hardest hit.

Quick take
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Consumer prices fall for first time in 10 years amidst pandemic fallout

New data released today by Statistics Canada confirms the drastic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the Canadian economy. After posting a gain of just 0.9 per cent year-over-year in March, consumer prices fell by 0.2 per cent in April.

Quick take
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Tepid Recovery in Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence edged higher in May on the heels of two months of record-breaking declines that had brought our Index of Consumer Confidence to a historical low. While the increase is certainly good news, the tepid gain shows the households across the country remain cautious about the economy and this will weigh on purchasing decisions over the coming months.

Quick take
Focus Area—Canadian Economics

What is your future normal?

Of all the phrases and words competing to become the top term of 2020, ‘pivot’ is a strong contender. Organizations in every sector are changing rapidly, being more nimble, and evaluating innovations—all of it important in the midst of a global crisis.

Focus Area—Leadership