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Economics & Research

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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The Owl focuses on the day’s top economic new​s.

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Wholesale trade improves in June
August 23, 2019

Wholesale trade improves in June

The machinery, equipment and supplies sector accounts for about a third of wholesale trade in Alberta; its monthly sales improved by 5.4 per cent in June compared to May.

Manufacturing slips in June
August 22, 2019

Manufacturing slips in June

On a year-over-year basis, manufacturing sales in Alberta were down 0.9 per cent. Nationally, sales edged up by 0.1 per cent.

Restaurant and bar sales up in Alberta
August 21, 2019

Restaurant and bar sales up in Alberta

Despite the sluggish economy, seasonally-adjusted restaurant and bar sales in Alberta were up by 2.8 per cent in June compared to a year earlier.

Global economic outlook gets gloomier
August 20, 2019

Global economic outlook gets gloomier

Since April, the clouds hanging over the global economy have gotten a little darker with some commentators suggesting that a global recession is on the horizon

Artificial intelligence a concern
August 19, 2019

Artificial intelligence a concern

A large portion of Albertans are at least somewhat concerned about AI and may be resistant to its increased use in the workplace.


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Economic​ Outlook

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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Todd Hirsch

Learn more about Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist at ATB Financial.​​

Rob Roach

Meet Rob Roach, the director of insight on ATB Financial’s economics and research team.​​

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