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Quebec: Real GDP Declines 0.1% in April

July 26, 2022
Hélène Bégin
Principal Economist

Summary of the publication

  • Real GDP declined for the first time since September 2021, edging down 0.1% in April after surging in previous months.
  • Goods output fell by 0.6% in April after a solid 0.9% gain in March. April’s decline was mainly due to the construction (-1.4%) and utilities (-1.8%) sectors.
  • After rebounding sharply, partly thanks to the gradual lifting of public health restrictions, the services-producing sector slowed, rising just 0.1% in April.
  • The accommodation and food services sector continued to expand—albeit much more slowly—rising 0.6% in April after gaining 9.0% in March. The arts, entertainment and recreation sector increased 6.3% in April after surging 21.0% in March.
  • In the first four months of 2022, real GDP was up 4.2% in Quebec compared to 4.0% in Canada overall.

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