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Advocacy

The LBMAO delivers a strong and representative voice at Queen’s Park and other levels of government on behalf of the membership and industry at large respecting certain legislative initiatives deemed to have an impact on the LBM...

Industry Networking

LBMAO Events provide unique opportunities for you to renew industry acquaintances and even make new friends. Click here to see what activities and events are happening in your...

Consumer Price Index, December 2015, Published January 22 (2002=100)

The Consumer Price Index rose by 1.6% in December compared with December 2014, after an annualized increase of 1.4% in November. The CPI in December for goods was up 1.5% from a year earlier while the CPI for services rose 1.7%. Gasoline prices decreased 4.8% from December 2014, after falling 10.6% in November.  Overall, energy prices fell 3.6% between December 2014 and December 2015, following a 6.4% annualized rate of decrease in November.  Excluding energy, the annualized Consumer Price Index rose 2.0% in December, unchanged from November. Food prices...

Retail Trade, November 2015, published January 22

Retail sales in November were $44.3 billion, up 1.7% from October and an increase of 3.2 % from November 2014.  Excluding sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers and by gasoline stations, retail sales were up by 3.1% from November 2014. Retail sales in volume terms were up 1.5% from October.  Increases in month-over-month sales were reported in 10 of 11 sectors representing 90% of the trade.  November 2015 sales over November 2014 were up in eight provinces.  New Brunswick led the way with a 7.9% sales gain, followed...

Wholesale Trade, November 2015, published January 20

Wholesalers sold $55.9 billion worth of goods and services in November, up 1.8% from October and 4.2% higher than in November 2014.  Excluding the automotive sector, wholesale sales were up 3.9% from November 2014. In terms of volume, wholesale sales were up 1.6% in November from October. Annualized wholesale sales grew in nine provinces.  Newfoundland and Labrador (+11.2%) led the way, followed by Ontario (+8.7%) and Nova Scotia (+4.3%).  Quebec’s gain was 4.2%.  Alberta experienced the only loss (-10.8%). Wholesalers’ inventories in November decreased 0.2% from October to $73.0...

Retail Trade, October 2015, published December 23

Retail sales in October were $43.4 billion, up 0.1% from September and an increase of 1.9% from October 2014.  Excluding sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers and by gasoline stations, retail sales were up by 2.7% from October 2014.     Retail sales in volume terms were down 0.3% from September.  Increases in month-over-month sales were reported in 7 of 11 sectors representing 59% of retail trade.  October 2015 sales over October 2014 were  up in eight provinces.  British Columbia led the way with a 6.3% sales gain, followed...

Wholesale Trade, October 2015, published December 18

Wholesalers sold $54.7 billion worth of goods and services in October, down 0.6% from September but 1.6% higher than in October 2014.  Excluding the automotive sector, wholesale sales were up 1.4% from October 2014. In terms of volume, wholesale sales were down 0.6% in October from September. Annualized wholesale sales grew in seven provinces.  Nova Scotia (+5.5%) led the way, followed by Ontario (+5.0%) and Quebec (+2.4%). gain.  Alberta experienced the largest loss (-12.1%). Wholesalers’ inventories in October increased 0.5% from September to $73.2 billion.  They were up 8.0%...

Consumer Price Index,  November, 2015,  published December 18, (2002=100)

The Consumer Price Index rose by 1.4% in November compared with November 2014, after an annualized increase of 1.0% in October.      The CPI in November for goods was up 0.9% from a year earlier while the CPI for services rose 1.8%. Gasoline prices decreased 10.6% from November 2014, after falling 17.1% in October.  Overall, energy prices fell 6.4% between November 2014 and November 2015, following a 10.4%  annualized rate of decrease in October.  Excluding energy, the annualized Consumer Price Index rose 2.0% in November, unchanged from October. Food...

Labour Force Survey, November 2015, published December 4

Employment in November decreased by 35,700 from October.  The unemployment rate was  7.1%, up from 7.0% in October.  Construction employment was up 1.1% from October and manufacturing employment was up 1.0% from a month earlier. In November, employment stood at 18.0 million, up 0.7% from November 2014.  Full-time employment grew by 36,600 from October, while part-time employment decreased by 72,300 from the previous month.  Full time employment was up by 192,400 from November 2014, while part-time employment fell by 68,400 over the same period. Employment over the past year...

Building Permits, October 2015, published December 8

Municipalities issued $7.7 billion worth of building permits in October, up 9.1% from September and 3.3% higher than in October 2014.     Five provinces reported an increase in permits over a year ago.  Prince Edward Island recorded a 67.7% year-over-year gain while Alberta  posted a 37.8% increase.  The largest annualized losses occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador (-39.1%) and British Columbia (-31.7%).  Ontario reported an 11.4% annualized increase, while the year-over-year decline in Quebec was 11.0%. Builders took out residential building permits worth $4.8 billion in October, up 15.5% from...

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Retail Trade, September 2015, published November 20

Retail sales in September were $43.3 billion, down 0.5% from August but an increase of 1.2% from September 2014.  Excluding sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers and by gasoline stations, retail sales were up by 2.9% from September 2014.     Retail sales in volume terms were up 0.1% from August.  Increases in month-over-month sales were reported in 8 of 11 sectors representing 60% of retail trade.  September 2015 sales over September 2014 were  up in seven provinces.  British Columbia led the way with a 6.0% sales gain, followed...