Canadian GDP up 0.8% in Q2


The Canadian economy posted a second consecutive quarter of strong growth. Real gross domestic product (GDP) was up 0.8% in Q2 2007, easing from the pace set in Q1 (+1.0%).

This strength was widespread as consumer and investment expenditures accelerated from the first quarter, while businesses also continued to add to inventories. Despite a substantial appreciation of the Canadian dollar relative to its US counterpart, exports also increased, outpacing first-quarter gains.

The economy grew at a 3.4% annualized rate in the second quarter, down slightly from the strong pace set in the first quarter. This growth was similar to that of the US economy (+4.0%), which gained substantial momentum in the second quarter.

Growth was concentrated in the latter two-thirds of the second quarter. Economic activity increased 0.2% in June, after growing 0.3% in May and remaining essentially unchanged in April. A significant increase in natural gas extraction and a rebound in oil and gas exploration propelled the growth in June.


Canada's National Statistical Agency
8/31/2007 6:09:42 AM