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Inflation rate up in November

Statistics Canada's offices at Tunny's Pasture in Ottawa are shown on March 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The annual rate of inflation rose in November

Statistics Canada pegged the Consumer Price Index at 2.2 per cent in November

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the annual pace of inflation heated up in November as gasoline prices posted their first year-over-year increase since October last year.

The agency pegged the Consumer Price Index at 2.2 per cent last month — compared to 1.9 per cent in October. That figure ends a three-month streak where the annual pace of inflation had held steady at 1.9 per cent.

The increase in inflation came as energy prices in November climbed 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago compared with a decline of 2.9 per cent in October.

Excluding gas, Statistics Canada says the inflation rose 2.3 per cent in November, matching the increase seen the month before that.

Gasoline prices were up 0.9 per cent year-over-year compared with a drop 6.7 per cent in October.

Statistics Canada noted that gasoline prices dropped sharply in November 2018 when oil prices fell.

The average of Canada’s three measures for core inflation, which are considered better gauges of underlying price pressures, was 2.17 per cent compared with a revised figure of 2.10 per cent for October.

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