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On Wednesday Canada’s dollar advanced to the highest since May 2 against the greenback as optimism that policy makers in Europe and the U.S. will address debt conflicts drove demand for higher-yielding assets.
The rate was supported after Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney yesterday adjusted wording in a statement to suggest interest rate increases will happen as early as September.
Crude oil rose for a second day.
Banc of Canada Monetary Policy report said inflation will average 2.8% between July and September and slow to 1.9% in the second quarter of next year . The so-called core rate, which excludes energy and food prices, will peak at 2.1% in the first quarter of 2012.
The policy rate was kept at 1%, where it’s been since September.
Data showed Canadian wholesale sales increased 1.9% to C$47.6 billion ($50 billion) in May, the fastest rate in 18 months. The median was for a 0.1% rise.uch as 1.6 percent to $99.02 a barrel in New York.