Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Statistics Canada Says Gross Domestic Product Grew by 0.3 per Cent in July

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Statistics Canada Says Gross Domestic Product Grew by 0.3 per Cent in July

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Economy grew by 0.3 per cent in July

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OTTAWA - Looking to shake off its slump, the Canadian economy grew for a second consecutive month in July, helped by a continuing rebound in the oilsands following slowdowns related to maintenance and forest fires.

Statistics Canada said Wednesday that real gross domestic product grew 0.3 per cent in July, topping the 0.2 per cent growth economists had expected, according to a consensus forecast compiled by Thomson Reuters.

However, the federal agency revised downward its result for June to show growth of 0.4 per cent compared with an initial reading of 0.5 per cent.

BMO senior economist Benjamin Reitzes said in a report that GDP growth for the third quarter is tracking on a range of 2.5 to 3.0 per cent.

"The back-to-back gains in GDP (in June and July) suggest that the economy rebounded firmly from the very weak first half of 2015," Reitzes said.

Canada briefly fell into recession in the first half after five consecutive months of contraction produced two quarters of negative growth.

Growth in June reversed the trend and many economists expect the economy to perform better in the second half of the year. However TD Bank economist Diana Petramala cautioned that while the third quarter was looking stronger than expected, questions remain about whether the pace will be sustained in the last three months of the year.

Petramala noted the Pan Am Games in Toronto and the FIFA Women's World Cup likely boosted the economy in June and July.

"The rebound in oil-related sectors has been actually quite strong as well, but oil prices took another leg down in July so some of that optimism might be temporary heading into August and September," she said.

The economic report came in the midst of a federal election that has featured the economy has a key issue for all the parties. …

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