Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
Macroeconomics  |  May 30, 2011 15:29:36

Canada - GDP accelerated in 1Q

Canadian GDP grew in Q1 according to revised figures by 1% QoQ compared with growth of 0.8% in 4Q10. In the last month of Q1 GDP grew by 0.3%. In annual terms GDP growth in Q1 of this year by 3.9% versus 3.1% in 4Q10.

Consumer spending stagnated in Q1 compared with growth of 1.1% in 4Q10. Expenditure on durable goods decreased by 1.4% and consumer goods by 0.4% and expenditures for services increased by 0.5%. Expenditure in the automotive sector fell by 1.7%, spending on household equipment fell by 0.6%, spending on clothing and footwear rose by 1.7%.

Business investment in the factory Q1 grew by 3.2%, which represents the fifth growth in a row. Investment in machinery grew by 3.7%.

Exports in Q1 grew by 1.6% versus 2.1% in 4Q10. Exports of goods grew by 2%, the export of services decreased by 0.1%. Volume of exports grew by 1.8%.
Imports grew by 2.2% compared with a decrease of 0.1% in 4Q10. Imports of services grew by 2% and imports in the automotive sector grew by 13%.

All major sectors except in the form of retail and arts reported 1Q growth of their performance. Production of consumer goods grew by 1.8%, the service sector grew by 0.7%.

Business inventories rose in Q1 by 10.7 mld.USD compared to modest growth in 4Q10.

Investments in real estate market in 1Q11 rose by 2.2%.

Corporate profits in Q1 grew by 5.1%.

Income of employees rose by 1.6% compared with growth of 1.4% in 4Q10.
Disposable income rose by 0.7% from 1.7% in Q4. Savings rate rose from 5.5 to 6.6%.

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