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Canada: Focus on GDP data this week – NBF

According to analysts at National Bank Financial, the release of January GDP data will attract the most attention for the Canadian markets this week.

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“Positive contributions are expected from the manufacturing sector and the wholesale sector based on previously-released reports for these indicators. That said, these contributions should be more than offset by slumping output in the oil sector - keep in mind that production cuts in Alberta came into effect during the month. Residential construction might also act as a drag on growth judging from a decline in starts in January.”

“All told, we expect GDP to have shrink 0.1% in the month. We’ll also get data on January’s merchandise trade balance. Rising commodity prices during the month should translate into the first expansion in six months for nominal exports, a development that could lead to a reduction of the trade deficit to around C$3.5 billion. Lastly, Nova Scotia’s budget will be presented on Monday.”

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