Contracted to $677 million in May compared with $4.3 billion in April.
Bank of Canada governor said rates would only go up once Canada is well into an economic recovery.
…but many companies resumed production during the second week of May after full or partial shutdowns.
Overall drop was the first year-over-year decline in the CPI since September 2009.
Chamber of Commerce, Statistics Canada business conditions survey shows almost 81% have sustained medium to high drop in demand.
2.2% increase in the national rate the worst single-month change over the last 40-plus years.
Notable drops in automotive assembly and aerospace products, parts sales.
Statistics Canada study (2000 to 2015) offers some insight for men, but women require more research.
Maple products rose to $517.5 million on higher output as honey output and number of bee colonies declined.
Access to cannabis stores increased as the number of retail stores jumped from 217 in March to 407 in July.
Machinery, equipment and supplies subsector reported the largest increase.
Economists on average had expected a gain of 0.6%.
Statistics Canada says changes in distribution of men and women in occupations was key to the smaller wage gap.
Exceeds economists’ forecasts, down in 11 industries representing two thirds of total sales.
Imports rose 1.2% to $50.9 billion with gains in six of 11 sectors.