Statistics Canada to release inflation figures for July

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada will say today what the country’s inflation barometer read in July.

The consumer price index was up 0.7 percent in June compared with a year earlier, following two months of negative readings.

The turnaround from May to June matched the fastest acceleration in the so-called headline inflation reading since March 2011, but still left the measure well below the Bank of Canada’s two percent target.

The jump to July isn’t expected to be as sharp.

Financial data firm Refinitiv says the average economist estimate is for a year-over-year increase of 0.5 percent.

The Bank of Canada forecast last month that annual inflation will be 0.6 percent this year and vowed to maintain its key interest rate at the lower limit of 0.25 percent until inflation hits the central bank’s two percent target.

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