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Bumpy ride ahead for provincial economies
July 31, 2012, Ottawa — Weakening growth in emerging markets, Europe’s fiscal and economic woes, and sluggish job creation in the United States are weighing on growth in the provincial economies, the Conference Board of Canada warned.
Retail outlook is 'uninspiring'
July 27, 2012, Montreal — Canadians are feeling a bit better about their financial outlook, but many still don't think the time is right to make major purchases. The Montreal Gazette reports. | READ MORE
Rona thinking outside the big box
July 25, 2012, Boucherville, QB — Rona's plan to turn around falling sales figures hinges on a bold theory: the golden age of the big box store is coming to an end. Reuters reports. | READ MORE
Farwest reveals new product showcase
July 24, 2012, Portland, OR — Officials from the 2012 Farwest Show have announced this year’s new products showcase and retail marketplace line ups.
Wholesaler shares the bounty
July 20, 2012, Vancouver — Gardening wholesaler Ed Les supplies hundreds of independent centres with a huge range of products, but he also supplies his staff with vegetables grown at his warehouse. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
The dirt on local garden centres
July 20, 2012, Ottawa — The third edition of Jim Cooper's Eastern Ontario Gardener's Guide includes information on more than 100 nurseries and garden centres from Peterborough, Ont. to West Quebec. The Ottawa Citizen reports. | READ MORE
CFIB pushes for stronger code of conduct
July 20, 2012, Toronto — The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling on Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to strengthen the government’s credit and debit card code of conduct.
Canadians may face extra credit card fees
July 18, 2012, Toronto — Canadian shoppers who use credit cards may soon find themselves slapped with extra fees, if retailers win a fight against being stuck with transaction charges from Visa and MasterCard. The Winnipeg Free Press reports. | READ MORE
Calling all entrepreneurs!
July 18, 2012, Toronto — KPMG Enterprise wants to share success stories from the garden and nursery sectors in a new book spotlighting Canadian entrepreneurs.
OFA and ANLA plan new event
July 16, 2012, Columbus, OH — OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) are launching a new event for the green industry.