Canadian Dollar Rallies Verus the Greenback after April Retail Sales Beat Forecast

The Canadian dollar rallied against its American counterpart in North American trading on Thursday after a report showed retail sales in the country grew at a faster pace than expected in April.

The currency pair USDCAD dropped more than 0.8 percent to trade around C$1.320 per dollar, reversing lower after heading upwards for three days in a row. The loonie jumped sharply higher after Statistics Canada on Thursday reported that retail sales rose 0.8 per cent in April compared to the previous month.  The result topped analysts’ expectations for a 0.2 percent gain on a monthly basis and also beat the 0.5 per cent advance recorded in March.

Core retail sales, which exclude auto and car parts related sales, were reported to soared 1.5 percent during the period. Upbeat April’s reading not only marked a reversal into an uptrend after a drop of 0.1 percent in March but also helped bolster optimism over the economy and strengthen the case of the Bank of Canada raising interest rates.

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