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Canada Small Business Lending Climbs Further

Canada Small Business Lending Climbs FurtherCanada Small Business Lending Climbs Further

Lending to Canadian small businesses rose for a fifth straight month in June on stronger activity in construction and other major industries, data showed on Tuesday, suggesting that companies are adding to solid growth in the domestic economy.

The PayNet Small Business Lending Index rose to 123.8 in June from 122.0 the month before, while the annual gain accelerated to 5% from 3% in May, Reuters reported.

“This looks like a very positive report for the Canadian economy,” said PayNet President Bill Phelan. “These privately held companies are driving healthy growth in the Canadian economy and it is a broad-based growth.”

The index of lending to construction companies rose to 145.3 from 140.2 as groundbreaking on new homes has been strong this year, despite signs of cooling in some parts of Canada’s housing market.

Retail and transportation sector lending also climbed, but manufacturing dipped for a second straight month.

Diversification across industries will make the economy “more resilient through economic cycles,” while growth in both the west and the east of the country adds to the strength of the data, Phelan said. Lending increased in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, the country’s four most populous provinces.

Strengthening of the domestic economy prompted the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates last month for the first time in nearly seven years. The central bank expects the economy to grow at a 3% annualized pace in the second quarter after a 3.7% first-quarter expansion.

Lending to medium-sized business dropped in June and the annual rate slowed, but the pace was a still-solid 3%.

The financial health of Canadian companies continued to look strong, with the share of small companies that were behind 30 days or more on their loans holding steady at 1.09%. Those that were 90 days or more in arrears also held steady, at 0.32%.

Throughout all of 2017 so far, the Canadian economy has seen it’s own little boom. The GDP has grown so much that the interest rates that had stayed stagnant suddenly booted up thanks to the largest growth that the country has seen in a decade.

Canada’s economy is known for being stable and consistent but this year has definitely turned some heads given that the country is second among G7 countries in terms of net GDP growth over the past 8 months. Nearly 300,000 jobs have been added.

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