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Paul Ferley, Assistant Chief Economist at RBC Capital Markets, points out that GDP growth slow down during the third quarter and details suggest further slowing in the fourth quarter.  

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“Canadian Q3 GDP growth moderated as expected to 2.0% from the 2.9% gain recorded in Q2 though with the details suggesting a further slowing in Q4.”

“The details in today’s report are indicative of growth likely slowing further in Q4 closer to a 1% rate. This was in part conveyed by a disappointingly weak composition of Q3 GDP output with business investment unexpectedly declining by a sizeable 7.1%, reportedly weighed down by softer oil & gas investment.”

“The projected further weakening in Q4 will be abetted by the transitory downward impact from the recent postal strike.”

“The slump in oil prices could weigh on activity as well though with the duration a function of how long the slump persists. These developments imply a clear downside risk to the Bank of Canada’s current forecast of Q4 growth bouncing back to 2.3%. Our expectation is that the central bank is still likely to move the current overnight rate of 1.75% to within its estimate of ‘neutral’ within a range of 2.50% to 3.50%. However, such will be dependent on indications that any slowing in Q4 proves transitory.”