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NRF: Gift cards to be the most requested gift this holiday
According to NRF’s 2008 holiday 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. The organization says gift cards will be the most requested present this year.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Grocery push at Canadian Tire
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.
Oct. 27, 2008 - The International Garden Centre Association Congress took place in September in Vancouver. Garden centre retailers from across the world took part in the conference and toured a number of garden centres on the west coast in B.C.'s Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island. Brian Minter covered the event and took photos.
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Pictures from the 2008 IGCA Congress
The International Garden Centre Association Congress took place in September in Vancouver. Garden centre retailers from across the world took part in the conference and toured a number of garden centres on the west coast. Brian Minter covered the event and took photos.
Oct. 27, 2008 - With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to switch up your displays. Proper merchandising is key to promoting your seasonal offerings, and also your year-round stock. Read on for tips on how to create stunning displays in your shop this holiday season and the coming year.
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Frugal shoppers expected this season
Canadian retailers should see plenty of traffic this holiday season, though they'll be facing a more frugal customer base than in recent times, according to a forecast released Monday.
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Come see us at Garden & Florist Expo
This year's Garden & Florist Expo will be at the Toronto Congress Centre from Oct. 21-22. Stop by our booth, number 909, and say hello!
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Tips to get your customers planting fall bulbs

Bulbs are nature's answer to all those impatient gardeners trying to get a running start on spring. Plant them now, as temperatures cool but before the ground freezes hard, and the bulbs will provide a cheerful, colourful show before the last snows of winter melt away.
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Canada's growth to slump, but no recession: conference board
Canada's economy will sag but not stall, according to a new forecast released Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada. The Ottawa-based business think-tank said gross domestic product will expand by only 0.8 per cent in 2008. CBCNews reports.
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Sliding consumer confidence could put a damper on holiday sales cheer
The writhing of financial markets could provoke Canadians to tighten their purse strings and force retailers to slash prices this holiday season.
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U.S. holiday shoppers planning to make a budget and check it twice
U.S. consumers plan to spend an average of 832.36 dollars on holiday-related shopping, up a paltry 1.9 percent over last year’s 816.69 dollars, according to the NRF. This represents the lowest increase in planned consumer spending since the survey began in 2002.
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Quebec consumers plan to spend less
Consumer confidence continues to fall, according to the results of a survey by the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail/Retail Council of Quebec (CQCD). The survey, on Quebec consumer spending trends and the buying habits of Quebecers, was conducted by Altus Géocom on behalf of the CQCD.
Here in Southwestern Ontario, I've been in a bit of fall-denial and haven't been quite ready to give up the warm days of summer. The temperature here has been up, the leaves were still hanging tough and it was easy to forget that technically, the season had changed. This week, not so much. Come Monday, my lawn was filled with leaves and it was time to pull those sweaters out of the closet. With a new season upon us, I thought this would be the perfect time to ask you: what new events or promotions are you introducing at your centre this fall?
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Autumn has arrived
Here in Southwestern Ontario, I've been in a bit of fall-denial and haven't been quite ready to give up the warm days of summer. This week, reality hit. Come Monday, my lawn was filled with leaves and it was time to pull those sweaters out of the closet. With a new season upon us, I thought this would be the perfect time to ask you: what new events or promotions are you introducing at your centre this fall?
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Halloween celebrations rise as consumers look to escape everyday realities
The spookiest holiday of the year may bring a bit of needed relief to consumers and retailers. According to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, more U.S. consumers plan to celebrate the holiday this year (64.5 per cent vs. 58.7 per cent).

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