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ATB Financial’s economics team interprets the latest statistics on wages, employment, inflation, the oil and gas industry and other economic drivers in our province.


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Retail sales improved in July
September 20, 2019

Retail sales improved in July

Total retail sales over the first seven months of 2019 were $47.8 billion, about $59.4 million below the total for the same period in 2018.

Imports by Alberta businesses
September 19, 2019

Imports by Alberta businesses

Alberta businesses bought $47.2 billion worth of goods from foreign sellers in 2018, up by 6.8 per cent compared to 2017, but down by 12.3 per cent compared to 2014.

Inflation remains low in Alberta
September 18, 2019

Inflation remains low in Alberta

Prices in Alberta were up 1.3 per cent on a year-over-year basis in August compared to 1.9 per cent for the country as a whole.

Manufacturing sales down again in July
September 17, 2019

Manufacturing sales down again in July

Alberta’s largest manufacturing sub-sector—petroleum and coal product manufacturing—saw its sales fall by 5.0 per cent in July compared to June.

Big screens still a main attraction
September 16, 2019

Big screens still a main attraction

Total spending for cinema outings in Alberta was $275.8 million in 2018, up 7.1 per cent compared to 2014.

Alberta’s resale housing market
September 13, 2019

Alberta’s resale housing market

The number of houses for sale was down 22.0 per cent in August compared to the previous August and by 4.6 per cent over the first eight months of the year.

Wilting wheat and canola prices
September 12, 2019

Wilting wheat and canola prices

Among the numerous variables farmers face, of obvious importance is the going rate for the commodities they produce. Unfortunately, the price of Alberta wheat and canola has been soft so far in 2019.

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