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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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Halifax school gets hands-on with a vegetable gardener

One Halifax school has found that a vegetable garden has the potential to produce a considerable amount of food, but it also teaches lessons that are even more valuable to the children helping to grow the plants.
It is sometimes easier to overlook an overstocked or poorly managed tool department because, unlike plants, tools do not need the constant maintenance of fertilizing, pruning and watering.

A daylong Garden Centre Symposium and an Interiorscaping Conference will precede next month’s Garden & Florist Expo at the Toronto Congress Centre.
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B.C industry brings in comprehensive plan on plastic bags
Four of Canada's leading retail associations have endorsed a plan to significantly reduce the number of plastic bags distributed in British Columbia over the next five years.
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NRF releases holiday 2008 forecast
The National Retail Federation today released its forecast for the upcoming 2008 holiday season, projecting that sales will rise 2.2 per cent this year to 470.4 billion dollars.
Aug. 1, 2008 - In the August/September 2008 issue of Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery magazine, we featured an article entitled ‘Green or Greenwash?’ that looked at how businesses can promote their green activities without misleading their customers
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Canadian small and independent businesses stand up to credit card companies

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and a coalition of like-minded associations have launched 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.
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Toronto eyes retail ban on packaging

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.
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RONA to stop selling synthentic pesticides
RONA Inc., is announcing it will stop selling synthetic pesticides for cosmetic use in all its stores across Canada beginning July 1, 2009.
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Nationwide post-consumer hort plastics recycling program in the works
Industry-led efforts are underway to divert horticultural plastic in a recycling program stakeholders hope to take national. The goal is to collect trade-generated waste, including pots, trays, tags, pipes and greenhouse poly, as well as offering depots for consumers to recycle garden plastic.

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