What goes up…business sentiment in Canada
Business confidence has slipped as recession fears have grown
By Rob Roach, ATB Economics 18 October 2022 1 min read
The latest results from the Bank of Canada’s Business Outlook Survey* show that business confidence in Canada has been on the wane.
After peaking during the fourth quarter of 2021 at 5.88, the Business Outlook Survey indicator** was down to 1.69 as of the third quarter of 2022.
While the recent reading remains a major improvement over the level of business confidence seen at the start of the pandemic when the indicator got as low as -6.32, the downward trend reflects fear of recession that has been building since the summer.
According to the report accompanying the survey results, “part of the decrease in business confidence reflects a moderation in firms’ sales outlooks. Some businesses linked to housing activity expect higher interest rates to hurt their sales. After experiencing a sharp recovery from the pandemic, other firms now anticipate a slower—although still healthy—pace of sales growth.”
*Each quarter, the Business Outlook Survey results are based on interviews with senior management of about 100 firms.
**The Business Outlook Survey indicator gauges overall business sentiment.
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