Canada Inflation

Relief At The Pumps, Pain At The Checkout Line

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Inflation increased at the same pace for the second month in a row as the consumer price index for February rose just 1.0 per cent compared w...

Interest Rate Cut Less Likely After Latest Inflation Report

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Rate cut? What rate cut?Thursday's sluggish January inflation reading from Statistics Canada is the latest signal to many economists that ano...

Thank Gas Prices For Fizzling Inflation

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The effects of the global oil slump weighed on Canadian inflation last month as falling pump prices helped slow the annual rate to 1.5 per ce...

Prices Are an Ocean Apart...For Now

Peter Hall | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Price movements have grabbed the headlines in recent weeks. Commodity prices are falling, and as always, there are various arguments about the reasons this time. The implications are serious, so the debates are warranted. But the more pressing issue is recent movement in the general price level. Overall price growth has weakened lately, and there is renewed worry about disinflation and deflation (the dreaded Ds). Five years beyond the crisis, and we are still worried about this? What's going on?

Those Soaring Meat Prices Aren't Just Your Imagination

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The country's annual inflation rate climbed higher than economists' expectations last month, accelerating to 2.4 per cent, Statistics Canada ...

Inflation Cools, But Food And Shelter Prices Still Rise

CP | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA -- Canada's annual inflation rate softened in July to 2.1 per cent, down from 2.4 per cent in June. Still, prices were up across the board, ...

Price Hikes Accelerate

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canadians continue to pay more for food, gasoline and most other consumer items, Statistics Canada said Friday as the annual rate in the coun...

We Don't Have To Worry About Having Too Little Inflation Anymore

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's annual inflation rate unexpectedly jumped to 2.3 per cent last month, as the continuing gain in energy prices pushed the key economi...

What Is the UK Telling Us About the Global Economy?

Peter Hall | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Growth is up, and it's looking like inflation is hard on its heels. The U.K. is charting this new course; we'd all do well to watch with interest, and to wish them well.

Energy Prices Are Taking A Bite

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A big jump in energy costs and cigarette prices helped push up Canada's inflation rate to 1.5 per cent last month, matching the highest level...

Are Prices About to Go Up?

Peter Hall | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Clearly it is a worry that five years beyond the crisis, price growth is as tame as it is. Worse yet, in many cases, recent monthly inflation is getting thinner.

Get Set for the Next Round of Rate Tightening

Peter Hall | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

After three-and-a-half years of ho-hum on this front, there is renewed interest in interest rates: where they are going, how fast, and what we need to do to be prepared, if change is indeed in the wind. A lot of the talk is related to another 'up' that scares us: inflation. Talk of rising interest rates is very good news, since it strongly suggests higher confidence in near-future growth.

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Loonie's Precipitous Drop Good For Business, Bad For You | Sunny Freeman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Canadians can soon expect to pay a lot more for everyday items from t-shirts to toothpaste as the sinking loonie hits household goods prices hardest. ...

Caucks Seeing Higher Gas Prices

CP | Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's annual inflation rate rose to 1.2 per cent last month, still below the Bank of Canada's ideal target but back within its desired ran...

Are the BRICS' Economies Slowing Permanently?

Peter Hall | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

How the mighty are falling. Resilience was a word used liberally to boast of the BRICS countries' staying power in the post-crisis period. Many even ascribed global-growth-engine status to these rising powerhouses. But 2013 has been a second tough year for the August group, even as OECD nations are steadily returning to growth.

Price Movements Cut Through Circular Economy Talk

Peter Hall | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Tired of the long, drawn-out debate on future economic growth? You're in good company. It's a necessary debate, because our individual livelihoods depend on it. But it's a frustrating one, because there's little agreement, and the arguments are oftimes circuitous -- even those made by the "experts." Is there a way out of the analytical quagmires that we are currently up to our axles in?

Price Hikes Are Back

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Rising gasoline and car prices fuelled the first significant spike in Canada's cost of living since February last month, lifting the annual i...

Some Good News On Gas Prices

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's inflation story is fast becoming one about disinflation.Statistics Canada reported Friday that the annual rate fell an astonishing s...

How a $100 Pair of Shoes Really Costs You $1,376.46

Tim Paziuk | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

When I'm lecturing to students I like to ask them how much a $100 pair of shoes costs. The most common answer is $100 plus tax. Would you believe me if told you it could be as much as $1,376.46? As a 20-year-old, if you convinced yourself not to buy the shoes, and invested it instead -- with an assumed rate of return of 6 per cent -- you'd have $1,376.46 by the time you were 65 years old.

Where Has All The Inflation Gone?

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's economy is displaying fresh symptoms of a slowdown, with data released Friday showing inflation falling to the lowest level in three...

Are We Being Told The Truth About Inflation?

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada is being urged to change the way it calculates housing costs in its inflation reports, with critics saying its current meth...

Inflation Sees Uptick

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's annual inflation rate rose slightly to 1.5 per cent last month, but most consumer prices stayed well in check and there were few sig...

Canada's Inflation? More Like Deflation For May

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Canada's inflation rate tumbled to the lowest level in almost two years last month, removing the last remaining pressure point on the Bank of...

Energy Costs No Longer Driving Inflation: StatsCan

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Inflation in Canada appears to have entered a period of stability near the Bank of Canada's two per cent sweet spot, providing little impetus...

Canadians Grow Poorer As Inflation Outstrips Wage Gains

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.26.2012 | Canada Business

Wages in Canada are growing more slowly than inflation, meaning the average working Canadian is effectively getting poorer, data from StatsCan shows. ...