Prices paid to Canadian manufacturers rose for the first time in four months in June, as a weakening currency boosted prices for motor vehicles. Raw material costs rose for a second month.
The industrial product price index increased 0.3 percent, Statistics Canada said today from Ottawa. Economists predicted a 0.2 percent gain, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey with 9 responses. Motor vehicle prices rose 1 percent during the month, due in part to a 1.1 percent decline in the value of the Canadian dollar, the statistics agency said.
The raw-materials price index rose 0.3 percent. The index was forecast to rise 0.5 percent according to the median estimate in a separate survey that had seven responses.
For the 12 months ending in June, industrial prices were up 0.6 percent while raw-materials costs gained 4 percent, suggesting factory profit margins have shrunk in the past year.