Canada PMI April 2018


Canada: Ivey PMI jumps to multi-year high in April

May 4, 2018

In April, the Ivey Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), prepared by the Richard Ivey School of Business, jumped 11.7 points to a multi-year high 71.5 points. April’s unprecedented gains pushed the seasonally-adjusted index further above the 50-point threshold that separates expansion from contraction in purchasing activity at Canadian firms.

Along with the PMI, Ivey produces four other business-related indices and their readings told a different story in April. Most notably, the prices index climbed significantly. On the other hand, inventories fell in the month, as did supplier delivery times. Meanwhile, the employment index ticked lower in the month—contrasting Statistic Canada’s unremarkable jobs report for April, which showed the unemployment rate stable at 5.8%.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect fixed investment to increase 3.0% in 2018, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2019, our panel expects fixed investment to increase 1.7%.


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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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