The following Economy In Brief has just been posted on the Finance Canada Site.
* In the fourth quarter of 2006 real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.4% following gains of 2% in each of the two previous quarters. For 2006 as a whole, real GDP increased 2.7%, down from 2.9% in 2005.
* Domestic demand growth slowed in the fourth quarter. Real final domestic demand grew 3.0%, down from 4.0% in the third quarter. Growth in consumer spending on goods and services and business spending on plant and equipment remained solid but slowed. Business inventory accumulation fell.
* Real exports rose while real imports edged lower, raising the nominal trade surplus. However, a sharp deterioration in the investment income deficit lowered the current account surplus to $12.0 billion, or 0.8% of nominal GDP, from $23.1 billion in the third quarter. For 2006 as a whole, the current account surplus stood at $24.3 billion, or 1.7% of nominal GDP.
* Employment grew 2.4% in the fourth quarter, up from 0.6% growth in the third quarter. The unemployment rate in February 2007 was 6.1%, matching those in October and December 2006, the lowest level in 32 years.
READ THIS IN MORE DETAIL: Over at the Dept. of Finance Site