Canada: Annual CPI falls to 1.7% in November vs 1.8% expected
"The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 1.7% on a year-over-year basis in November, following a 2.4% increase in October," Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday.
Key takeaways from the press release
- This is the smallest year-over-year increase in the CPI since January 2018, primarily reflecting recent declines in gasoline prices.
- Excluding gasoline, the CPI rose 1.9% in November.
- Energy costs declined 1.3% compared with November 2017, following a year-over-year increase (+7.9%) in October.
- Prices for durable goods declined 0.1% year over year, following a 0.9% gain in October.
Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada's core CPI came in at -0.2% on a monthly basis in November to bring the annual rate down to 1.5% from 1.6%.