View the Archive..August 20, 2014WHOLESALE TRADE, JUNE 2014
In June 2014, Nova Scotia's wholesale sales (seasonally adjusted) decreased 1.4% from May 2014 to $736.0 million, and increased 5.8% from June 2013. The wholesale merchants' sales index (Jan 2011=100) decreased 1.7 points to 114.6 in June 2014.
In June 2014 Canadian wholesale sales (seasonally adjusted) increased 0.6% from May 2014 to $53.0 billion, and increased 4.9% from June 2013. The wholesale merchants' sale index (Jan2011=100) increased 0.6 points to 114.0.
In Jan-Jun 2014 Nova Scotia, unadjusted year-to-date Machinery and Equipment increased 16.6% ($109.4 million), and Food, beverage and tobacco increased 10.9% ($126.8 million). These gains were offset a bit by declines in the unadjusted year-to-date Motor vehicle and parts sales 15.2% ($112.5 million).
Nova Scotia year-to-date sales (unadjusted) increased 2.4% over Jan-Jun 2013 to $4.2 billion.
Canada's year-to-date sales (unadjusted) increased 4.9% over Jan-Jun 2013 to $307.3 billion.
Statistics Canada Cat. No. 63-008-X
CANSIM 081-0011 to 081-0013
August 19, 2014INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CHARACTERISTICS & INTENTIONS, 2014
Today, Statistics Canada released Industrial Research and Development characteristics, 2014 (intentions) with new data on expected R&D spending in 2014 and characteristics of industrial R&D spending in 2012.
Spending intentions on industrial research and development, 2014
Industrial research and development is expected to slow in 2014 with Canadian business enterprises planning on spending $15.4 billion, down 0.9 per cent from 2013 intentions. Most of the spending will be continue to be on wages and salaries, $9.5 billion in 2014, and other current costs (i.e. non-capital materials, contracts for on-site consultants), $4.8 billion. Spending on capital (i.e. machinery, equipment, land and building) will account for 7 per cent on total research and development spending and is anticipated to be around $1.1 billion.
August 19, 2014JOB VACANCIES, MAY 2014
In Nova Scotia in May 2014, the three month average number of job vacancies was 5,300, up 700 from a year earlier. In Canada, the number of job vacancies in May 2014 was 240,400, up 13,800 from May 2013.
The Job Vacancy Rate (the number of job vacancies or vacant positions on the last business day of the month as a percentage of labour demand) for Nova Scotia in May 2014 was 1.4, up 0.2 percent from a year earlier. The lowest job vacancy rate in Canada this month were in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador , both at 1.3. Nationally, the job vacancy rate for May 2014 was 1.6, up from 1.5 a year earlier.
August 19, 2014US HOUSING STARTS AND BUILDING PERMITS, JULY 2014
US housing starts increased 15.7 per cent in July compared to the revised June estimate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,093,000 and is 21.7 per cent above the the July 2013 estimate. Single-family unit structures increased 8.3 per cent from the previous month and are 10.1 per cent higher than a year ago. Housing starts for structures with at least five units are up 33.0 per cent from the previous month and up 49.5 per cent from the previous year.
August 19, 2014US CONSUMER PRICE INDEX JULY 2014
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 per cent in July 2014 on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.0 per cent before seasonal adjustment. The energy index fell for the first time since March, decreasing 0.3 per cent over the past month. All major energy components (gasoline, fuel oil, electricity, utility gas service) fell in July. The food index rose 0.4 per cent in July.