The Daily Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018

Retail trade, December 2017

Following three consecutive monthly increases, retail sales decreased 0.8% in December to $49.6 billion. Despite this decline, retail sales were up 1.5% in the fourth quarter and up 6.7% for the year.

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Quarterly financial statistics for enterprises, fourth quarter 2017

Canadian corporations earned $98.6 billion in operating profits in the fourth quarter, down $1.9 billion or 1.9% from the third quarter.

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Canadian Health Measures Survey: Arsenic and Paraben concentrations in Canadians, 2014 and 2015

Inorganic arsenic is a natural element that occurs in the environment. It can enter the human body through contaminated food or drinking water, air or through the skin with direct contact with contaminated soil. Elevated levels of arsenic in the body have been associated with cancer, neurological problems, circulatory problems, respiratory problems, skin irritation or nausea and vomiting.

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Study: The transition from school to work – the not in employment, education or training (NEET) indicator for 15 to 19 year olds in Canada, 2016

For a number of years, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released data on the proportion of youth who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). This is a closely followed indicator because NEET youth could be at increased risk of low income and social exclusion. However, these youth could be in a NEET situation for many different reasons, such as travelling, volunteering, providing community service or caring for children.

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Using municipal wastewater to measure Canadian’s consumption of cannabis and opioids

Over the last few months, Statistics Canada has been updating the national statistical system to measure the production, consumption and distribution of non-medical cannabis. To date, this work has involved updating classification standards (such as the North American Product Classification), developing models that take existing information (mainly from health and social surveys) and transforming it into estimates of consumption and expenditure, as well as undertaking new surveys on cannabis consumption and use.

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Construction Union Wage Rate Index, January 2018

The Construction Union Wage Rate Index (including supplements) for Canada remained unchanged in January compared with the previous month. The composite index increased 1.0% in the 12 months to January.

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Refined petroleum products, January 2018

Data on the production, inventories and domestic sales of refined petroleum products for Canada and the regions are now available for January upon request.

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