March 6, 2015 / 1:37 PM / 3 years ago

UPDATE 1-Canada labor productivity dropped by 0.1 percent in Q4 2014

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OTTAWA, March 6 (Reuters) - The labor productivity of Canadian businesses dropped by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 after posting a 0.2 percent gain in the third quarter, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Experts had forecast no change in productivity. Statscan revised the third quarter increase up from an initial 0.1 percent.

Real gross domestic product of businesses increased by 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter, a slower pace than the 1.0 percent growth recorded in the third quarter.

Overall labor costs per unit of production were unchanged from the third quarter. The number of hours worked grew by 0.6 percent following a 0.7 percent increase in the third quarter.

For 2014 as a whole, labor productivity in Canadian businesses rose by 2.5 percent, the largest annual increase since the 2.7 percent recorded in 2005. (Reporting by David Ljunggren, Editing by W Simon)

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