Edition: January 13-17, 2020
Infoline Highlights for the Week of January 13-17
Building Permits - The value of building permits issued in B.C. inched 1.0% higher (seasonally adjusted) in November, following a hefty downturn in the previous month (-21.8%). November’s increase was due to a significant boost in non-residential building permits (+20.4%), as residential permits posted a decline (-6.5%).
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Industrial Product Price Index - Canadian manufacturers’ prices were slightly lower (-0.4%) in November than in the same month of 2018. A 2.5% year-over-year decrease in the price of energy and petroleum products was the largest contributor to the overall decline, and price drops for chemical (-3.5%) and pulp and paper (-7.8%) products also exerted downward pressure.
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Bankruptcies - There were 339 bankruptcies filed by consumers in British Columbia in November 2019, a slight (+4.0%) increase from the same month of 2018. Meanwhile, the number of business bankruptcies was notably higher (+40.0% to seven). Nationally, the total amount of bankruptcies filed was down 3.8%, as both consumer (-3.6%) and business (-8.0%) numbers declined.
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- The value of B.C.'s building permits increased slightly (1.0%) in November from the month before. Permit values in Vancouver declined 18.6%, but increased in Abbotsford-Mission (54.9%), Victoria (27.8%) and Kelowna (16.1%).
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- The value of B.C.'s building permits inched up slightly in November.
- Canada's Industrial Product Price Index dipped in November from November 2018.
- Consumer bankruptcies in B.C. increased in November over the same period the year before.