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Consumers second-guess their everyday spending
Oct. 31, 2008 - Just weeks ago, dining out, splurging on clothes and indulging in pricey gourmet coffees were done without a passing thought. But more Canadians hearing news about falling stock prices, job losses and a grim financial forecast are starting to embrace a new concept: saving. ReportOnBusiness.com reports. | READ MORE
Scotiabank launches one-stop web site for small business owners
Oct. 31, 2008 - Scotiabank has launched a one-stop web site to help time-strapped small business owners access valuable interactive business-building resources and tools, ask for expert advice and network.
New Wal-Mart style unifies stores
Oct. 30, 2008 - Wal-Mart unveiled a new look for stores this week. Gone are the high shelves stuffed with so much it was hard for shoppers to find what they sought. Now, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is showing softer colors, understated shelving and employing a design intended to keep customers from having to dart all over a tremendous store to gather their purchases. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
World Rose Festival coming to Vancouver in 2009
Oct. 30, 2008 - Rose enthusiasts from around the World are coming to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 18 to 24, 2009, for the internationally acclaimed World Rose Festival and Convention.
B.C. retail sales trend continues to decline
Oct. 29, 2008 - Retail sales in B.C. continued a downward trend in August, with forecasts suggesting 2008 will end with the weakest growth performance in several years. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
NRF: Gift cards to be the most requested gift this holiday
Oct. 28, 2008 - According to NRF’s 2008 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, 54.9 per cent of consumers would like to receive a gift card this holiday season, up slightly from 53.8 per cent last year. Gift cards will be the most requested gift this year, followed by books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games (50.0%) and clothing or accessories (49.8%).
Grocery push at Canadian Tire
Oct. 28, 2008 - Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., best known as a seller of power drills and fishing rods, is eyeing an expansion into the grocery business. The
retailer will start testing a range of foods, from bread and cereal to
milk and frozen pizza, at two Ontario stores next month, in a bid to
tackle a consumer segment thought to be resilient to economic downturns. ReportonBusiness.com reports. | READ MORE
Tips for the urban gardener: Self watering containers do well in tight spaces
Oct. 28, 2008 - With a tray for soil up here and a reservoir for water down there, a "self-watering" container can be made to produce a sizable crop of vegetables, fruit or flowers - without a spacious garden site. Any concrete pad, balcony, rooftop or classroom will do.
Retailers bite the price bullet for Christmas
Oct. 27, 2008 - Retailers taking a hit from the drop in the Canadian dollar are holding the line on prices to avoid scaring off anxious consumers during the crucial holiday shopping season. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Canadians cut retail spending in August
Oct. 24, 2008 - Canadian consumers reeled in their spending habits a little further in August as retail sales dipped 0.3 per cent to $35.9 billion.