Canada inflation rate ticks up in February on gas prices

Canada inflation rate ticks up in February on gas prices
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  • calendar-gray 17 March 2021

Inflation in Canada edged higher in February on rising gasoline prices, though the slight acceleration missed analyst expectations, data from Statistics Canada showed on Wednesday, APA reports citing Reuters.

Canada’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.1%, from 1.0% in January. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the annual rate to rise to 1.3% in February.

All three core measures of inflation were steady in February. CPI common, which the Bank of Canada says is the best gauge of the economy’s underperformance, was flat at 1.3%.

“From the Bank of Canada’s perspective, all three of their preferred core measures are still at or below their target range,” said Nathan Janzen, a senior economist at RBC Economist. “So I don’t know that it changes a whole lot right now.”

Gas prices rose for the third consecutive month, Statscan said. Excluding gasoline, annual inflation rose 1.0% in February, down from 1.3% in January.

The Canadian dollar was trading 0.1% lower at 1.2464 to the greenback, or 80.23 U.S. cents, but holding near an earlier three-year high.


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