By Tyler Sutherland
Canadian consumer confidence held steady for most of the past year, new data from the Harris/Decima-Investor’s Group Index shows.
Manitoba and Saskatchewan stood at 91.0 in the first quarter, the data shows, which was above the national average. The high trend continued all year long, increasing slightly in the second quarter to 91.7. However, in the third quarter, the index dropped to 85.9, but reported a rise again to 88.3 to round out the fourth quarter.
British Columbia had the lowest level of consumer confidence, falling to 81.2 in the second quarter. It closed at 78.4 in the final quarter.
Harris/Decima collected the data through telephone interviews with 2,000 Canadians in February, June, August and November. The margin of error is 2.2 percent.