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Consumer confidence rises on strength of future expectations
Sept. 22, 2008, Toronto - Canadians entered the first week of the federal election campaign with a sense of hope for the economy as the latest results from TNS Canadian Facts’ Consumer Confidence Index point to a rise in confidence in September.
Shoppers want more personalization in gift cards
Sept. 22, 2008 - According to a new survey from the National Research Network, the perception that gift cards are impersonal is the top inhibitor for consumers purchasing gift cards, with nearly half of respondents citing that as a factor. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Social networking sites attracting boomers
Sept. 22, 2008 - A new survey reveals that 41 per cent of baby boomers have visited social networks such as MySpace or Facebook and 61 per cent have been to sites with streaming or downloadable videos such as YouTube. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Survey: U.S. shoppers trade down - but not on all items
Sept. 22, 2008 - It may be a tough economy, but female shoppers are more apt to buy cheaper over-the-counter cough syrup to save money than to scrimp on food for Fido.
Come see us at the CanWest Hort Show
Sept. 16, 2008 - The 2008 CanWest Hort Show kicks off tomorrow at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre and runs from Sept. 17-18. Swing by the Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery booth (number 1122) at the show and come say hello!
U.S. retailers report weak August sales
Sept. 15, 2008 - Retailers’ summer started off with a bang but ended with a whimper. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales for August decreased 0.3 per cent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and increased 1.1 per cent unadjusted over last year.
Alberta bans expiry dates for gift cards
Sept. 12, 2008 - Alberta will eliminate expiry dates and inactivity fees for gift cards starting Nov. 1, making sure they keep their full value whenever they are redeemed. CBC.ca reports. | READ MORE
Canadian small and independent businesses stand up to credit card companies
Sept. 11, 2008, Toronto - The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and a coalition of like-minded associations have launched "www.StopStickingItToUs.com", a national campaign against Big Credit Card companies and the banks that issue their cards that have been imposing skyrocketing hidden credit card fees on all Canadians.
Proven Winners Roadshow kicks off in Winnipeg
Sept. 11, 2008 - This year's Proven Winners Roadshow kicks off on Oct. 7 in Winnipeg and then heads south to the U.S. for a month-long tour.
Toronto eyes retail ban on packaging
Sept. 11, 2008 - The city of Toronto is considering tough action to curb waste generated by overly packaged consumer products. From an outright ban on materials used in food takeout to a tax on retail plastic bags to a city-run deposit-return program, all options are on the table. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE