Key points for today 19th of May 2017

CAD Consumer Price Index (YoY) (APR)

The key gauge for inflation in Canada. Simply put, inflation reflects a decline in the purchasing power of the Canadian Dollar, meaning each Dollar buys fewer goods and services. CPI is the most obvious way to measure changes in purchasing power - the report tracks changes in the price of a basket of goods and services that a typical Canadian household might purchase. An increase in the index indicates that it takes more Dollars to purchase this same set of basic consumer items. As the most important indicator of inflation in Canada, Consumer Price figures are closely followed by Canada’s central bank. The Bank of Canada has a target inflation band of 1 - 3 % and uses CPI and Core CPI as its principle gauge (the Bank of Canada posts inflation targets and CPI on their homepage). A rising CPI may prompt the central bank to raise interest rates in order to manage inflation and slow economic growth. Higher interest rates make holding the Dollar more attractive to foreign investors, and this higher level of demand will place upward pressure on the value of the Dollar

 CAD Retail Sales (MoM) (MAR)

Gauges sales at Canadian retail outlets. The report serves as a direct gauge of consumption and consumer confidence. Retail Trade is one an important leading indicator for Canada and part of the Index of Leading Indicator used to forecast economic developments. An increasing number of sales can signal consumer confidence and growth to come, but higher consumption can also lead to inflationary pressures. The report considers sales for nine categories of retailers: automotive, furniture and electronics, building supplies, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, clothing and accessories, general merchandise, and miscellaneous

EUR Euro-Zone Consumer Confidence (MAY A)

Measures consumer sentiment in the Euro-zone nations. The figure is the result of Euro-zone consumer surveys personal finance, the job market, the likelihood of saving and expectations on the economy. High levels of consumer confidence bode well for the economy, indicating consumers are more likely to increase consumption spurring growth and potentially sparking inflation. Conversely, low consumer confidence levels suggest decreased spending. The figure is determined by the difference between positive and negative answers. Therefore a headline above zero indicates positive consumer confidence, while a negative number shows more negative answers

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