Statistics Canada reveals a 1.8% increase in wholesale sales in January

Statistics Canada reveals a 1.8% increase in wholesale sales in January
Written by:
Wajeeh Khan
23rd March, 16:33
Updated: 23rd March, 16:43
  • Statistics Canada reveals a 1.8% increase in wholesale sales in January.
  • January's increase was broadly attributed to motor vehicles and relevant parts.
  • Data for subsequent months is likely to be worse due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Statistics Canada announced its monthly report on wholesale sales in January on Monday. The data suggested wholesale sales to have improved in January but failed to stir a significant movement in the forex market.

The Statistics Department recorded Canada’s wholesale sales at £56.6 billion in January that marked a 1.8% increase. In December, wholesale sales had posted a 1.0% growth. Analysts had forecast a 0.2% reduction in wholesale sales, as per Refinitiv, as they expected the Coronavirus crisis to reflect limitedly on January’s data.

Data For Subsequent Months Is Likely To Be Worse

According to the experts, January’s increase in wholesale sales was largely attributed to motor vehicles, relevant parts, and accessories.

In the subsequent months as the broader impact of Coronavirus appears to turn evident on Canada’s economy, the data, as per the experts, is likely to post a steep downturn.

Statistics Canada also highlighted on Monday that the motor vehicle and relevant parts subsector printed a 3.0% increase in January. Sales from this subsector were recorded at £9.8 billion.

Following in its footsteps was the miscellaneous subsector that recorded a 3.1% growth in terms of wholesale sales in January. The aforementioned subsector, as per the Statistics Department, contributed £7.30 billion to the total Canadian wholesale sales in January. It also added that a 10.5% increase in wholesale sales in agricultural supplies in January contributed the most in uplifting the miscellaneous subsector.

In volume terms, Statistics Canada recorded a 1.7% growth in wholesale sales in January.

Daily Overview Of The USD/CAD Currency Pair

The Canadian dollar remained weak against the greenback in the forex market on Monday. The U.S dollar index surged to a high of 102.70 earlier today. The USD/CAD currency pair, as a result, climbed to a high of 1.4555 on Monday from a daily low of 1.4335. The pair is currently stabilizing around the daily high. USD/CAD had opened at 1.4475 on Monday.

According to the technical analysts, USD/CAD is likely to find its short-term strong resistance around 1.4610 region. Breaking above the resistance will open way for 1.4665. On the downside, the pair has developed support around 1.4350 level. Dropping below the support is expected to post further decline to 1.4285.

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