Canadian Dollar Turns Lower after Core Retail Sales and Inflation Readings Miss Forecasts

The Canadian dollar declined versus its American counterpart after data on core retail sales and inflation rose less than forecast in August.
The pair USDCAD paired early losses to trade at 1.23089, recovering from as low as 1.22520. A report published by the Statistics Canada showed retail sales increased by 0.4% in August after a 0.1% advance in the prior month. The reading beat analysts’ expectations calling for a 0.1% gain.
However, the core reading was weaker than forecast. Indeed, core retail sales advanced only 2 percent in August. July’s figure was also revised downward to 0.4 percent from an initial 0.7% increase.
Canadian inflation also rose less than forecast in August, increasing only 0.1% from the previous month. The CPI index failed to reach forecasts for a 0.2% gain after a flat reading in July. On a yearly basis, CPI jumped 1.4% last month, lower than expectations for a 1.5% rise.

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