Canadian trade deficit grew in October
OTTAWA — Falling oil prices took a bite out of exports in October as Canada’s merchandise trade deficit increased to roughly $1.2 billion in October compared with $891 million in September, Statistics Canada said Thursday. Economists had expected a deficit of $700 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. “October’s surprise disappointment in the trade deficit adds to weakness from the prior month but the details reveal that momentum beneath the surface is somewhat stronger,” CIBC economist Katherine Judge wrote in a report. In volume terms, exports increased 1.2 per cent as lower energy prices led to a 2.3 per cent drop in total export prices. Real imports were essentially unchanged. Judge noted the increase in export volumes was a positive indicator for manufacturing shipments and monthly GDP.