Canada’s economy expanded at a 1.8 per cent annual pace during the last quarter, the same growth seen at the start of the year and slightly better than what economists were expecting. Statistics Canada said Friday that an increase in business investment was the biggest factor contributing to growth. EconomistsContinue Reading

Oil prices closed above $109 US a barrel Friday on fresh concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and despite evidence that demand remains weak. Retail gasoline prices in Canada and the U.S. also rose. Crude for April delivery closed at $109.77 a barrel in New York, up $1.94. Iran has rapidlyContinue Reading

More Canadians plan cross-border shopping over the holiday season, according to a survey released Friday by the Bank of Montreal. The Bank’s survey found 18 per cent of those polled plan to shop in the United States this season, up five percentage points from last year. The peak American retailContinue Reading

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says there are better ways for Americans to raise money than to charge Canadians to get into their country. U.S. President Barack Obama wants to charge Canadians entering the U.S. by air or sea a $5.50 inspection fee, although private vehicles would be exempt. “They’re runningContinue Reading