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Carney Says Goods Cost Average 11% More in Canada Than in U.S.

November 02, 2011

Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Retail consumer goods cost an average of 11 percent more in Canada than they do in the U.S., Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said today, a gap that has narrowed from 18% in April.

In the prepared text of comments to the Senate National Finance Committee, Carney cited a number of reasons why costs for identical goods might be higher in Canada, including inventory levels, local supply and demand factors, labor costs and productivity levels.

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