Statistics Canada on Tuesday reported a 0.5% decline in second-quarter GDP, following a downwardly revised 0.8% decline in the first quarter. A recession can be defined as consecutive negative quarters of growth, and Canada is the only of the Group of Seven industrialized countries in that territory. The U.S. grew 3.7% over the same time period, the Commerce Department reported last week.
While not everyone agrees Canada in recession — employment has not declined — it’s not a pretty picture.
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