Canada PMI December 2017


Canada: Ivey PMI dips further in December, but remains elevated

January 5, 2018

The Ivey Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), prepared by the Richard Ivey School of Business, declined a seasonally-adjusted 2.6 points from November to 60.4 in December—coming in below the 62.2-point reading that market analysts had expected. Despite the drop, the index remained comfortably above the 50-point threshold that separates expansion from contraction in purchasing activity among Canadian firms.

Along with the PMI, Ivey releases four additional monthly indices related to business conditions, and their performances were mixed in December. Both the employment and prices indices remained in expansionary territory, although the price index recorded a decline from November. On the other hand, the inventories index dropped sharply from November and entered contractionary territory, while the supplier deliveries index continued contracting for a thirteenth consecutive month.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect 2.2% growth in fixed investment in 2018, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2019, the panel expects fixed investment to expand 1.9%.

Author:, Economist

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Note: Ivey Purchasing Managers’ Index. A reading above 50 points indicates an expansion in purchasing activity while a value below 50 points indicates a contraction.
Source: Richard Ivey School of Business and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada.

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