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Canada’s annual inflation rate hits 4.1%, highest since 2003

Sales on clothing and shoes are advertised at the entrance to a Forever 21 fashion retail store in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

OTTAWA, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Canada’s annual inflation rate accelerated to an 18-year-high of 4.1% in August, pushed up in part by a big jump in gasoline prices, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.

Analysts polled by Reuters had expected the annual rate to rise to 3.9% in August after posting a year-over-year increase of 3.7% in July. The August rate was the highest since the 4.2% recorded in March 2003.

Gas prices rose 32.5% compared to August 2020, mainly driven by lower production from oil-producing countries compared with pre-pandemic levels, Statscan said.

The three measures of core inflation all posted gains. CPI common, which the Bank of Canada calls the best gauge of the economy’s underperformance, edged up to 1.8% from 1.7% in July.

The Canadian dollar strengthened slightly to C$1.2671 versus the U.S. dollar, or 78.92 U.S. cents.

Reporting by David Ljunggren and Julie Gordon in Ottawa and Fergal Smith in Toronto;
Editing by Andrew Heavens and Paul Simao

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