Canada: GDP growth slows to 1.8 per cent in fourth quarter of 2011
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Canada: GDP growth slows to 1.8 per cent in fourth quarter of 2011

Toronto : Canada | Mar 02, 2012 at 7:12 AM PST
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The growth was in line with what economists had predicted. Although consumer spending and business investment was stronger foreign trade slowed. The strong dollar and economic slowdowns especially in Europe no doubt contributed to this result.

The third quarter growth rate was stronger at 4.2 per cent according to Statistics Canada. In the fourth quarter export growth declined from 16 per cent to 4.6 per cent while imports rose 2.2. per cent.

Manufacturers are struggling with a high Canadian dollar and also weak demand. However energy companies such as Enbridge are doing well as the demand for energy increases. For much more see this Bloomberg article.

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