Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Apr 5, 2021

GDP - January 2021Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.7% in January, following 0.1% growth in December. This ninth consecutive monthly increase continued to offset the steepest drops on record in Canadian economic activity observed in March and April 2020. However, total economic activity was about 3% below the February level before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both goods-producing (+1.5%) and services-producing (+0.4%) industries were up in January as the 20 industrial sectors were nearly evenly split between expansions and contractions.
Preliminary information indicates an approximate 0.5% increase in real GDP for February. Retail trade, construction, and real estate and rental and leasing all contributed to the growth, while manufacturing offset some of the increase. Owing to its preliminary nature, this estimate will be revised on April 30 with the release of the official GDP data for February.

Wholesale trade grows

Wholesale trade was up 3.9% in January, more than offsetting a 1.5% contraction in December.

Eight of nine subsectors contributed to the growth, led by machinery, equipment and supplies wholesaling (+8.2%), as higher imports of all types of machinery contributed to increases in the subsector. Building material and supplies wholesaling jumped 9.6%, benefiting from increased construction activity, while food, beverage and tobacco wholesaling rose 1.5%. Offsetting some of the growth was personal and household goods wholesaling (-1.6%), down for the second month in a row.

Manufacturing increases

The manufacturing sector expanded 1.9% in January, more than offsetting a 0.7% contraction in December, continuing the sequence of increases alternating with small declines seen since September 2020. Increases in sales and inventory buildup contributed to higher production in January as both durable and non-durable manufacturing grew.

Durable manufacturing was up 2.9%, the largest growth rate since August 2020, on broad-based increases across all subsectors. Leading the growth were fabricated metal product (+4.7%) and machinery (+4.4%) manufacturing, as production in the majority of the industries comprising the subsectors increased. Wood product manufacturing rose 4.1% as all industries were up, benefiting from higher prices for their products and heightened demand both domestically and internationally. The transportation equipment manufacturing subsector was unchanged (0.0%) in January as a 10.7% decline in the motor vehicle manufacturing industry was fully offset by gains in all the other industries within the subsector. Electrical equipment, appliance and component manufacturing contracted 6.6%.

Non-durable manufacturing increased 0.7% in January, up for the fourth time in five months. Contributing most to the growth were plastics and rubber products (+8.7%), chemical (+0.8%), and food (+0.4%) manufacturing, while paper manufacturing (-2.7%), printing and related support activities (-5.4%), and petroleum and coal product manufacturing (-1.8%) declined.

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction continues growing

The mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector grew 2.7% in January, up for a fifth consecutive month, as all three subsectors expanded.

Oil and gas extraction expanded 2.1% in January, up for a fifth consecutive month. Oil sands extraction grew 2.7% as facilities in Alberta continued to increase production. Oil and gas extraction (except oil sands) rose 1.3% as both oil extraction and natural gas extraction were up. Support activities for mining, and oil and gas extraction grew 5.1% in January, led by higher drilling and rigging services.

The mining and quarrying (except oil and gas) subsector was up for a third consecutive month, rising 3.0% in January, as most of the mining industries increased. Metal ore mining rose 5.0%, as iron ore (+13.1%) and copper, nickel, lead and zinc ore (+4.4%) mining increased, driven by higher international demand for these commodities. Non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying contracted 2.0%, mainly as a result of a decline in potash mining (-6.6%). Coal mining grew 5.0%, up for an eighth consecutive month.

Construction advances

Construction was up 1.4% in January, the third increase in four months, as the majority of subsectors rose. Residential construction grew 3.1%, rising every month since May 2020, as all types of residential construction were up. Repair construction increased 1.4%, while non-residential construction edged up 0.1% as higher commercial and institutional construction offset lower industrial construction. Engineering and other construction activities edged down 0.2% in January.

Retail trade contracts

Retail trade was down for the third time in four months, decreasing 1.7% in January, as 9 of 12 subsectors declined. The stay-at-home orders, curfews and other measures reintroduced across many parts of the country to slow the spread of COVID-19 contributed to the decrease. Stores more dependent on in-store traffic felt the largest impact of these measures.

Clothing and clothing accessories stores (-17.0%) and sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (-14.1%) saw a second consecutive month of double-digit declines, while activity at furniture and home furnishings stores also fell 12.8% in January. General merchandise stores grew 3.3%, while building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers were up 3.6%, benefiting from continued growth in home renovation and improvement activity. Non-store retailers were up for the third month in a row, rising 2.8% in January.

Finance and insurance increases

Finance and insurance increased 0.8% in January as all subsectors were up. Banking, monetary authorities and other depository credit intermediation (+1.0%) led the growth, benefiting from a 7.1% year-over-year increase in households' overall mortgage debt, along with elevated deposits at Canadian institutions. Financial investment services, funds and other financial vehicles rose 0.9%, while insurance carriers and related activities grew for a ninth consecutive month, with a 0.4% increase in January.

Professional services grow


Professional services expanded 1.1% in January as all industries, except for advertising, public relations, and related services (-0.5%), were up. Contributing the most to the gains were other professional, scientific and technical services (+1.5%), and computer systems design and related services (+1.4%). 

Legal services, which derive much of their activity from real estate transactions, grew 1.1% in January as strong home resale activity in the Western Canadian provinces contributed to a 1.7% increase in activity at offices of real estate agents and brokers.

Public sector grows

The public sector (educational services, health care and social assistance, and public administration) grew 0.3% in January. Health care and social assistance rose 0.8%, led by ambulatory health care services (+1.2%). The educational services sector was up 0.4%, as elementary and secondary schools and universities contributed most to the increase. Public administration (-0.4%) declined for the first time in nine months, as a 1.5% decrease in local, municipal and regional public administration contributed the most to the contraction.

Other industries

Accommodation and food services declined 3.0% in January, following a 6.7% decrease in December, as both food services and drinking places (-3.1%) and accommodation services (-2.7%) were down, affected by measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Transportation declined 0.7% in January as a majority of industries were down. A drop in urban transit systems (-28.0%) contributed the most to the decrease as lockdown restrictions across the country dampened the demand for such services. Truck transportation (-1.4%) and postal services and couriers and messengers (-2.4%) also posted notable declines in the month, while rail transportation (+3.7%), support activities for transportation (+0.9%) and pipeline transportation (+1.0%) were up.

Utilities contracted 0.8% in January, as lower electric power generation, transmission and distribution (-0.9%) and natural gas distribution (-0.2%) contributed to the decline.

 

Source: Statistics Canada, www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/210331/dq210331a-eng.htm?CMP=mstatcan

Carolina GalloAmong the recipients of the 2021 Clean50 Awards announced last month is Carolina Gallo, Vice President Government and Institutional Relations Canada, for Hitachi ABB Power Grids Canada. CEW reached out to Gallo, about the experience. But first, a little about the Clean50 Awards.

These annual awards recognize Canadian leaders in sustainability for their contributions over the prior two years. Created by Delta Management, Canada’s leading sustainability, ESG and clean tech focused search firm, the awards recognize remarkable and inspiring leaders and try to connect these leaders in order to bridge those gaps...

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10,000 employees worldwide work on new innovations, industry solutions and business models. A small steel manufacturing company has become a global digital enterprise. 

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David GordonBy David Gordon

Electrical distributors are at a unique moment in time where they have an opportunity to leverage technology to utilize the data it can unleash to accelerate profitability and sales cost-effectively.

Being in an information age is only beneficial if the information is utilized. Enhanced sales models, sales opportunities and servicing systems are combining to help differentiate distributors. Aside from a distribution divide being created by digital and supplier selection, analytics can either widen or tighten the divide.

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Both goods-producing (+1.5%) and services-producing (+0.4%) industries were up in January as the 20 industrial sectors were nearly evenly split between expansions and contractions.

 

 

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Swati Vora-PatelBy Swati Vora-Patel

April has been a flagship month for new milestones: it has been one full year since many of us began working from home; Zoom and other such virtual platforms have been in play for a year to keep us connected – and the reliance on digital systems has heightened over the past year to populate the influx of online catalogues and eCommerce sites.

April also marks one year since I took over the reins of EFC’s Supply Chain Network to support the electrical industry’s digital transformation journey. 

 

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Wayne Long (left) will serve as thier Electrical Division Sales Manager. Wayne spent 11 years with Ideal Supply in the early years of his career, and was with Benshaw Canada for 20 years in senior sales management roles in Canada and the USA before re-joining Ideal in 2017, as thier Industrial Division Sales Manager. Long is a seasoned executive and has a proven track record of building strong relationships with customers and suppliers, and as a coach to sales teams to grow businesses.

 

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The Order of the Golden Maple Leaf Award is an annual award that is presented to all IMARK suppliers who meet the set requirements, including supporting members and participating in IMARK Canada’s marketing programs.

 

 

 

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"As we lightly refer to the facility as “BC/DC”, the new operation will relieve some load for our 160,000 sq ft HQ in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and our other distribution points in Montreal, QC, and Dallas, TX," said the company via press release. 

 

 

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