View the Archive..October 20, 2014WHOLESALE TRADE, AUGUST 2014
In August 2014, Nova Scotia's wholesale sales (seasonally adjusted) declined 0.9% from July 2014 to $749 million, and increased 8.8% from August 2013. The wholesale merchants' sales index (Jan 2011=100) decreased 1.0 points to 116.7 in August 2014.
In August 2014, Canadian wholesale sales (seasonally adjusted) were up 0.2% from July 2014 to $53.1 billion, and increased 6.0% from a year ago. The wholesale merchants' sale index (Jan 2011=100) increased 0.1 points to 114.1.
On a year-to-date basis, Nova Scotiaís unadjusted sales were up 3.9% over Jan-Aug 2013 to $5.7 billion. Canada's year-to-date sales (unadjusted) increased 5.0% over Jan-Aug 2013 to $411.9 billion.
In Jan-Aug 2014 Nova Scotia, unadjusted year-to-date Machinery and Equipment sales increased 14.6% ($130.9 million) and Food, Beverage and Tobacco sales increased 12.9% ($204.9 million). These gains were partially offset by decline in the unadjusted year-to-date Motor Vehicle and Parts sales by12.7% ($121.3 million).
Regionally, the highest year-to-date wholesale sales growth was registered in Prince Edward Island (+11.8%), Newfoundland and Labrador (+9.4%) and Manitoba (+8.8%). The lowest year-to-date growth was observed in Quebec (+1.0%), Saskatchewan (+1.6%) and New Brunswick (+3.5%).
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October 17, 2014CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SEPTEMBER 2014
In Nova Scotia September 2014, the consumer price index (2002=100) increased 0.4% from August 2014 to 129.5 and increased 1.7% over September 2013.
The CPI, excluding food and energy, increased 0.4% from August 2014 to 119.2, and increased 1.4% over September 2013.
In Canada September 2014, the consumer price index (2002=100) increased 0.1% from August 2014 to 125.8 and increased 2.0% over September 2013.
October 17, 2014ANALYSIS OF NOVA SCOTIA'S CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
At 1.7 per cent year over year, Nova Scotia's consumer price index was below the national average of 2.0 per cent from September 2013 to September 2014. Within Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador posted the highest year over year CPI increase (+2.0%). New Brunswick's CPI increased 1.4 per cent and PEI posted an increase of 1.2 per cent. West of Atlantic Canada, the lowest inflation year over year was in BC at 1.2 per cent and the highest was Alberta and Ontario at 2.6 per cent.
October 17, 2014NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INVESTMENT 3RD QUARTER 2014
Nova Scotia's non-residential construction investment was $169.8 million in the third quarter. This is a 2.7 per cent decline over Q2 2014 levels ($174.6M, seasonally adjusted). Compared with the same quarter in 2013, non-residential building construction is down 15.9 per cent. This decline appears to be more pronounced in Halifax non-residential construction, which declined by 3.6 per cent compared to Q2 2014 and 24.2 per cent compared to Q3 2013.
October 17, 2014US HOUSING STARTS AND BUILDING PERMITS, SEPTEMBER 2014
US housing starts increased 6.3 per cent in September compared to the revised August estimate to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,017,000 and are 17.8 per cent above the September 2013 estimate. Single-family unit structures increased 1.1 per cent from the previous month and are 11.0 per cent higher than a year ago. Housing starts for structures with at least five units were up 18.5 per cent from the previous month and are up 30.3 per cent compared to last September.