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Record plunge in GDP for April; expect better May numbers

June 30, 2020   Don Horne

Canada’s real GDP is likely to grow three per cent in May, bouncing back from a record decline in April, Statistics Canada announced, as businesses across the country began to reopen following coronavirus-linked shutdowns.

Growth in April plunged by 11.6 per cent from March, a record month-on-month decline, although the fall was less than the 13 per cent predicted by analysts, according to Reuters.

All 20 industrial sectors of the Canadian economy were down in April, StatsCanada said, as most non-essential businesses remained shut to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In May, many regions began phased reopenings. That helped bolster output across sectors, including manufacturing, retail and wholesale, Statistics Canada said.


The Canadian dollar maintained its earlier decline and was down 0.2 per cent at $1.3682 to the greenback, or 73.09 U.S. cents, after the GDP data release.


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