Canadian Real GDP Growth – November 30, 2012
The Canadian economy expanded just 0.6 per cent in the thirdÂ quarter of 2012, falling just short of our already low expectations of 0.8 per cent growth. The economy was held back by the largest decline in exports since the second quarter of 2009, along with falling business and residential investment. On the plus side, household spending grew at its fastest pace so far in 2012.
While realÂ GDP growth was rather weakÂ last quarter,Â that weaknessÂ wasanticipated and growth is widely expected to pick-up in the fourth quarter. It is unlikely that the disappointing third quarter will have much ofÂ an impact on the Bank of Canada’sÂ interestÂ decisionÂ on December 4th. Given a continuation of modest growth and stable inflation, our expectations remain that the Bank will hold its overnight target rate at 1 per through the remainder of 2012 before testing the water with a 25 basis point increase mid-to-late 2013.
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