(Adds details from report)
OTTAWA, Sept 30 The Canadian economy got off to
a stronger-than-expected start in the third quarter, fueled by a
rebound in oil and gas extraction that had been disrupted by
wildfires in Alberta earlier this year, data from Statistics
Canada showed on Friday.
Gross domestic product grew 0.5 percent in July, topping
analysts' forecasts for a gain of 0.3 percent. June's growth was
unrevised at 0.6 percent.
The report will likely reinforce expectations that the
economy recovered in the third quarter after shrinking in the
second quarter due to weak exports and the impact of May's
wildfires in the oil-producing province of Alberta.
Activity in the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction
sector jumped 3.9 percent in July. The non-conventional oil
extraction sector surged 19 percent as production returned to
normal after the wildfire and maintenance shutdowns in April.
The accommodation and food industry also contributed to
economic growth with activity rising 1.4 percent, the fastest
pace since July 2012, as Canada saw an influx of tourists.
Manufacturing rose 0.4 percent, helped by a rise in
non-durable goods. But construction tumbled 0.8 percent, the
sector's fourth monthly decline in a row, partly due to a
decrease in residential building.
(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Bernadette Baum)