The Canadian economy grew by 0.1% in August, following no growth in July. The goods producing industries reported growth of 0.2% after two months of declines, led by a rebound in manufacturing primarily due to increased sales. A decline of 0.1% was reported in the services producing industries, largely due to decreases in wholesale trade and utilities. Activity at offices of real estate agents and brokers increased 1.8% in August, as housing re-sale activity was up in the majority of Canadian urban markets.
We expect growth in the Canadian economy will moderate to around 1.5 per cent in the second half of 2019 after posting strong second quarter growth and will post trend growth of about 1.8 per cent in 2020. Significant downside risks remain due to elevated trade tensions and their consequent impact on exports and business investment.
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