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World markets are starting the week with large losses amid a global sell-off of equities and a still-falling oil price.
As the price of West Texas Intermediate drops below $40 again there is a glimmer of hope that the OPEC countries could be about to curb production.
A measure of 22 raw materials has hit its lowest point since August 1999.
If times were different the main index of the Toronto Stock Exchange may have reacted better to news that Canada’s consumer price index and retail sales were up according to the latest data
The price of a barrel of oil hit prices not seen for 6.5 years Friday
Food prices have contributed to higher inflation with Canada’s annual rate up 1.3 per cent, narrowly missing expectations
Retail sales increased in June by 0.6 per cent to $43.2 billion
A cocktail of global economic woes have combined this week to subdue sentiment in the world markets
The decline in oil prices has been continuing for 8 weeks and Reuters reports that it’s the longest losing streak since 1986
China’s manufacturing purchasing managers index has fallen to the lowest level since 2009, signalling continued weakness in the key economic driver