Inflation rate 1.6% for second month amid higher energy prices, lower food costs
The country's annual inflation rate once again rang in at 1.6 per cent last month as higher energy costs offset a seventh consecutive monthly decline in grocery prices.
Statistics Canada's latest consumer price index says higher prices for gasoline and natural gas were the biggest upward inflation drivers in April, year-over-year.
On the other hand, the agency says fresh produce and clothing applied the most downward pressure on the inflation rate.
Annual inflation was also 1.6 per cent in March and, according to Thomson Reuters, a consensus of economists had predicted 1.7 per cent inflation for April.
Statistics Canada is also releasing retail trade numbers that show total sales in March delivered a larger than expected rebound to increase by 0.7 per cent following a month-over-month contraction of 0.4 per cent in February.
The agency says total retail trade in March was nearly $48.3 billion thanks to stronger sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers.
Trailing 4-1 after one, the IceDogs scored three unanswered in the second then held off a furious Erie attack in the third before falling 5-4 in overtime. The Dogs picked up a possible 7 of 8 points, completing a string of four consecutive road games.
Johnny Corneil scored a pair of goals and Ondrej Machala netted the game winner with 3:15 left as the IceDogs won 3-1 in Guelph. With a record of 6 and 2, Billy Burke's team has won three straight on the road.
Akil Thomas scored the only goal in the shootout as the IceDogs came back from two down to edge Hamilton 3-2. Stephen Dhillon made two great saves in overtime to get the game past 65 minutes as the Dogs improved their record to 5 and 2.