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Canada's Inflation Hits Three-Year

Canada’s Inflation Hits Three-Year Low as Food Prices Cool. Canada’s annual inflation rate has decelerated to its slowest pace in three years, driven by a significant reduction in food-price growth, which has offset rising fuel costs. According to Statistics Canada, the consumer price index (CPI) in April increased by 2.7% compared to the same month last year. This aligns with market expectations, as noted by economists at TD Securities, and follows a marginal increase to 2.9% in March.

On a month-over-month basis, consumer prices rose by 0.5%, consistent with the consensus forecast. When adjusted for seasonality, the CPI saw a modest increase of 0.2% from the previous month. This steady monthly increase suggests that while inflationary pressures persist, they are not accelerating at a concerning rate.

The Bank of Canada’s preferred measures for underlying inflation—the trimmed mean and weighted median—showed a combined average increase of 2.75% year-over-year in April. This represents a slowdown from the 3.05% recorded in March. These core measures exclude the most volatile components, offering a clearer picture of long-term inflation trends.

The easing inflationary trend comes amid broader economic developments. Food prices, which had been a significant driver of inflation over the past year, have shown signs of cooling, providing some relief to consumers. However, higher costs at the pump have partially offset these gains, indicating that energy prices remain a volatile factor in the inflation equation. Canada’s Inflation Hits Three-Year Low as Food Prices Cool.

The current inflation data is crucial for the Bank of Canada as it formulates its monetary policy. With inflation showing signs of cooling, the central bank may have more flexibility to maintain its current policy stance or consider easing measures to support economic growth. However, ongoing challenges in energy prices and other cost pressures mean that policymakers and consumers will need to remain vigilant as the economic landscape continues to evolve.

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