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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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The ups and downs of the exchange rate
July 22, 2019

The ups and downs of the exchange rate

A higher Loonie is better for businesses sourcing machinery from U.S. suppliers and consumers buying American goods because it makes buying American products less expensive.

Retail sales slip
July 19, 2019

Retail sales slip

After growing in March and April, seasonally-adjusted retail sales in Alberta fell by 1.7 per cent in May and by 1.5 per cent compared to a year earlier.

Alberta’s manufacturing sales on the rise
July 18, 2019

Alberta’s manufacturing sales on the rise

Alberta’s two largest manufacturing sub-sectors—petroleum and coal products and chemicals—both performed well in May, growing by 3.8 per cent and 7.0 per cent, respectively.

Similar but different: Rising U.S. and Canadian oil production
July 17, 2019

Similar but different: Rising U.S. and Canadian oil production

The unlocking of the oil sands helped push Canadian crude oil production up from 2.84 mb/d in 2010 to 4.59 mb/d in 2018—an increase of 62 per cent.

New vehicle sales still down
July 16, 2019

New vehicle sales still down

Using a 12-month rolling average to account for seasonal variations, monthly new vehicle sales were down by 0.9 per cent in May after contracting by 0.5 per cent in April.


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Todd Hirsch

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