Machinery and equipment prices almost flat in first quarter of year
Ottawa, ON -- Statistics Canada reports that the First Quarter 2004 Machinery and Equipment Price Index (1986=100)...
Ottawa, ON — Statistics Canada reports that the First Quarter 2004 Machinery and Equipment Price Index (1986=100) was 127.9, up 0.1% from the fourth quarter of 2003. The domestic component decreased 0.1%, while the import component increased 0.1%.
Compared with the first quarter of 2003, the index fell 7.7%, with decreases in the domestic (-2.8%) and import (-12.0%) components.
On a quarterly basis, increases in manufacturing (+0.2%) and in mines, quarries and oil wells (+0.5%) were offset by decreases in agriculture (-0.9%) and transport (-0.1%). Paper and allied products (+0.2%), food and beverages (+0.4%) and chemicals (+0.1%) contributed the most to the manufacturing increase. Transport was led by railway transport (-5.3%), which posted the strongest industrial drop.
On a year-over-year basis, all industries declined. Manufacturing (-7.4%), agriculture (-12.6%) and transportation, communication, storage and utilities (-6.5%) were the most significant.
In the first quarter, increases in specialized industrial equipment (+0.3%), special purpose furniture (+1.5%) and ships and boats, military and commercial (+1.0%) were dampened by decreases in locomotive, cars and tenders (-6.9%), other agricultural machinery (-1.6%) and trucks (-0.3%).
On a quarterly basis, the Canadian dollar recorded the first quarterly decrease (-0.3%) against the American dollar, after four increases in a row. Annually, the Canadian dollar increased 14.7% over the first quarter of 2003.