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Canada scores first trade surplus since January

Canada recorded its first trade surplus in months in September as exports grew 4.2%, while imports declined 0.3%, reports Statistics Canada.


November 10, 2011
by CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA: Canada recorded its first trade surplus in months in September as exports grew 4.2%, while imports declined 0.3%, reports Statistics Canada.

As a result, Canada’s trade balance with the world went to a surplus of $1.2 billion in September from a deficit of $487 million in August.

Exports rose to $39.7 billion, the highest value since October 2008, as six of seven sectors posted gains.

StatsCan says prices, which rose 3.9%, were the main factor behind the increase, while volumes edged up 0.3%.

Imports fell to $38.5 billion, as volumes dropped 3.1% and prices increased 2.8%.

The agency says the decline was driven by lower imports of machinery and equipment as well as automotive products, as both sectors suffered a decline in volumes.

Partly offsetting the decrease in imports were gains in two sectors – energy products, and industrial goods and materials. Prices rose in both sectors.

Exports to the US increased 5% to $28.2 billion, the highest value since January 2011. Imports from the US decreased 1% to $23.8 billion.

As a result, Canada’s trade surplus with the US rose to $4.4 billion in September from $2.8 billion in August.

Exports to countries other than the US rose 2.3% to $11.5 billion, their fifth straight monthly increase. Imports from countries other than the US rose 0.7% to $14.7 billion.

Consequently, the trade deficit with countries other than the US fell to $3.1 billion in September from $3.3 billion in August, the lowest level so far this year.

© 2011 The Canadian Press