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Canadian Producer Prices, Building Permits Rise in May as Coronavirus Effects Linger

OTTAWA—Canadian industrial producer prices rose 1.2 percent in May on higher prices for meat, fish, and dairy products, Statistics Canada said on Monday, as supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and increased demand boosted meat prices.

The gain in producer prices followed four months of consecutive decreases and matched a flash estimate released by the statistical agency earlier this month.

Statscan said the May increase was driven by higher prices for meat, fish and dairy products as well as gains in energy and petroleum products. Of the 21 major commodity groups monitored by the agency, six rose, 11 fell, and four were unchanged.

Meat product prices rose 13.3 percent, led by fresh and frozen pork, which increased a record 31.3 percent as disruptions in the supply chain from the coronavirus pandemic and higher demand for meat products contributed to the gain.

Earlier this month, Statcan had said it expected meat prices would rise following outbreaks of COVID-19 in Canadian and U.S. meat plants that forced operations to shut down or reduce capacity.

Meanwhile, prices for energy and petroleum products rose by 4.6 percent.

In a separate release, the national statistical agency said Canadian building permits rose 20.2 percent, the largest percentage increase since March 2009, as some provinces eased constrainRead More – Source

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