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Canadian purchasing activity growth rebounds month over month in July

Canadian purchasing activity growth picked up month over month in July amid higher prices and an 11-month high in employment growth, according to data from the Ivey Business School.

The seasonally adjusted Ivey Purchasing Managers Index rose to 54.2 in July from 52.4 recorded in the prior month. The index gauges monthly changes in economic activity as indicated by a panel of purchasing managers, with a reading above 50 indicating growth.

The employment index climbed to 56.6 in July from the prior month's 52.7, reaching the highest level since a 59.6 reading recorded in August 2018.

The inventories index declined to 46.9 from 50.9 and the supplier deliveries index dropped to 46.0 from 48.9.

Meanwhile, the pace of growth in prices rebounded in July as the price index rose to 59.2 compared with 55.0 recorded in the previous month.