Canada's economy took a breather in July

GDP growth is flat, as real estate activity continues to drag

Worker on a house construction site

The pace of real estate activity is cooling the economy off. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

OTTAWA—Statistics Canada says the economy took a pause in July, the first month in 2017 that showed no growth.

The Ottawa-based agency says gross domestic product was essentially unchanged, at 0 per cent growth in July compared with June, which marked the eighth month in a row of GDP growth.

“For the fourth month in a row, activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers contracted, down 1.5%,” StatCan said. Housing resale activity decreased in most markets, it added, led by “continued declines in and around the Greater Toronto Area.”

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Source: Statistics Canada

Goods-producing industries saw a contraction of 0.5 per cent in July while service industries had overall growth of 0.2 per cent.

The oil and gas subsector shrank 1.8 per cent, with declines in both conventional and non-conventional production.

The manufacturing sector also fell 0.4 per cent overall, mostly because of declines in motor vehicle manufacturing and parts.

Growth in services was led by wholesale trade, which was up 2.0 per cent, the highest monthly gain since September 2014.