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June data suggested that the Canadian manufacturing recovery stepped down a gear at the end of the second quarter, with output, new business and employment growth all easing slightly since May. Moreover, new export orders were virtually unchanged in June, which contrasted with the solid contribution to growth seen earlier in 2016. At the same time, stocks of finished goods dropped at a survey-record pace in June, with manufacturers noting that subdued client demand and uncertainty about the economic outlook had encouraged tighter inventory management at their plants.
Key findings from the June survey included:
- Output growth eases from May's 11-month high
- Marginal increase in new business volumes
- Stocks of finished goods fall at fastest pace since the survey began in October 2010
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