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ATB Financial’s Alberta Economic Outlook summarizes research on Alberta’s most important sectors. It analyzes the province’s economic happenings and outlines what may occur in the next few months.


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Retail sales end 2017 on a high note
February 22, 2018

Retail sales end 2017 on a high note

Sales at Alberta retailers grew at 7.5 per cent in 2017, with the province's growth rate nearly one percentage point higher than the national average.

Number of Employment Insurance recipients holding steady
February 21, 2018

Number of Employment Insurance recipients holding steady

EI statistics are a tricky economic indicator because they are sensitive to the parameters of the EI program as well as the ups and downs of the economy.

Wholesale trade ends 2017 well
February 20, 2018

Wholesale trade ends 2017 well

The most recent wholesale trade numbers confirm that Alberta’s retail sector is starting the year on solid footing. That’s because last December, total wholesale activity in the province reached $6.8 billion, the third monthly increase in four months.

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Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is the Chief Economist at ATB Financial.

Rob Roach

Rob Roach

As a Director of Insight with ATB Financial’s Economics and Research team, Rob examines the economic and social forces that affect Albertans’ quality of life.

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