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Economics & Research

ATB Financial’s economics team interprets the latest statistics on wages, employment, inflation, the oil and gas industry and other economic drivers in our province.


The Owl​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Owl focuses on the day’s top economic new​s.

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Restaurant and bar sales up since last August
October 23, 2019

Restaurant and bar sales up since last August

The improvement since August 2018 is positive, but it does not necessarily mean restaurant and bar owners are doing better than they were as operating costs may also be up.

Retail sales growth uneven across sectors
October 22, 2019

Retail sales growth uneven across sectors

If gasoline stations are removed from the equation, retail spending (on an unadjusted basis) was up by 2.4 per cent compared to the previous August.

Small but mighty: Alberta’s small businesses
October 21, 2019

Small but mighty: Alberta’s small businesses

As of June, there were 173,314 small businesses operating in Alberta. The represents 13.5 per cent of the almost 1.3 million small businesses in the country.

Head offices by province
October 18, 2019

Head offices by province

Calgary is home to 118 of the 800 largest businesses in the country compared to 23 in the Edmonton region and 5 outside the two big cities.

Alberta’s manufacturing sales continue to weaken
October 17, 2019

Alberta’s manufacturing sales continue to weaken

Alberta’s easonally-adjusted monthly manufacturing sales were down by $4.7 million (-0.1 per cent) compared to July.

Perch

Each Perch focuses on a topic that’s important to Alberta​ns. So sit back and enjoy.​​

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Economic​ Outlook

ATB Financial’s Alberta Economic Outlook ​summarizes research on Alberta’s most important sectors. It analyzes the province’s economic happenings and outlines what may occur in the next few months.​​​

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Todd Hirsch

Learn more about Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist at ATB Financial.​​

Rob Roach

Meet Rob Roach, the director of insight on ATB Financial’s economics and research team.​​

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