Canadian Wholesale Consumer Goods on Highest Rise in 4 Years

Published By : 19 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

December’s Wholesale sales in Canada have risen at the highest rate in four years. This growth has been driven by the personal goods and automobile sectors along with the high demand shown by their consumers.

A spike in sales of 2.5 per cent was marked for a record US$44.5 billion, or C$55.4 billion. The data was provided by Statistics Canada and was released in Ottawa on Wednesday. This is the largest gain in the segment since 2011. The actual rise far exceeded the 11 predictions made through a Bloomberg economist survey. The survey possesses a median of 0.3 per cent.

Sales of motor vehicles increased 9.0 per cent to reach C$7.66 billion. Statistics Canada wrote that this was caused by a shift in seasonal sales. A 1.1 per cent rise was marked by household and personal goods receipts, pegging it at C$7.44 billion. This includes a 9.7 per cent increment for home furnishings. Agricultural sales scaled up 18.3 per cent to reach C$2.29 billion.

Stephen Poloz, the Canadian Governor, said that Canada being the world’s 11th largest economy, growth in the country’s industries requires rebalancing assets from consumers that are indebted to businesses that are using investments to compete.

Previously, Poloz had made a surprise cut in the interest rates in January 21. He said that he had to make the cut after damage to the economy after the prices of crude oil were lowered.

Of the seven major categories that are being tracked by the agency, six categories grew to represent more than 80 per cent of the sales, according to Statistics Canada. The only segment to decline was machinery and equipment which dropped 0.2 per cent.
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