Bryan Yu

B.C. growth resumes after mid-summer stumble

B.C.’s economy posted a solid month of job growth in August after a July stall, which points to resumption of economic momentum. Total employment rose by 14,400 persons (0.5%) to reach 2.638 million...

B.C.’s housing market matches mid-2000s highs

After a scorching pace of early-year activity, housing demand in the Lower Mainland looks to have stabilized at a lower but still robust pace. August Multiple Listing Service sales for the combined...

B.C. small-business optimism rises in August

Confidence at B.C.’s small and medium-sized enterprises continued to rise through August as reopening activities buoyed sentiment, according to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business...

B.C.’s June retail spending rolls into record territory

Retail spending in B.C. marched steadily higher in June with a 0.2% sales increase from May to a new record high of $8.29 billion. Metro Vancouver led the provincial increase with a 1.6% gain. While...

Construction builds B.C.’s pandemic recovery

B.C.’s economy has emerged as one of the better performers during the pandemic, and robust construction activity continues to support the recovery phase. The latest building investment figures,...

B.C. employment hits speed bump in July

Canada’s labour market continued to mend in July as third-wave restrictions eased, but the pace of recovery underwhelmed expectations. Total employment rose by 94,000 persons or 0.5%, which was less...

B.C. small-business optimism increases

Small and medium-sized business confidence remained on the upswing in July as vaccine progress and reopening trends buoyed sentiment, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business...

B.C. retail spending dips in May

As with the national picture, B.C. retail spending was pinched in May as more stringent public health measures employed during the pandemic’s third wave likely slowed broader retail demand for much...

Lumber bolsters B.C. manufacturing sales

Manufacturing sales held near record-high levels in May, propelled again by the stratospheric rise in wood-product prices. Total factory shipments rose 1.2% to a seasonally adjusted $5.52 billion,...

Reopening economy buoys B.C.’s job market

B.C.’s labour market outperformed most of the country in June with a 1.6% (42,100-person) monthly gain and outpaced the national increase of 1.2%. The province moved through steps 1 and 2 of its...