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Nathan Janzen, senior economist at the Royal Bank of Canada, notes that Canadian business sentiment somewhat unexpectedly improved in the Bank of Canada’s autumn (Q3) Business Outlook Survey.

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“Businesses did cite, as expected, concerns about the US industrial sector amid escalating US-China trade tensions. Indeed, some firms now reportedly expect a “small US recession” over the next year. But foreign demand appears to be holding up, to date.”

“There are still clearly legitimate risks to the go-forward outlook for the Canadian economy. But, for now, these survey results – although from a limited sample of about 100 firms – will probably only reinforce the Bank of Canada’s view that rate cuts are not immediately needed.”