Trends
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Do-it-yourself is back
with a twist

Do-it-yourself (DIY) is enjoying resurgence in the tight economy, but not only for the reasons one might expect.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Canadians to do more stay-at-home summer entertaining
According to the recent Weber Canadian GrillWatch Survey, Canadians are planning to stay close to home for their holidays and eat out less this year.
While the strength of poinsettia sales varied across the country this past season, the consensus among growers is that they will be planting fewer plants this year.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

What are you doing for the environment?

Statistics Canada has released the results of its Households and the Environmnent Survey, 2007, which looks at what environmentally-friendly actions Canadians are taking.
NEWS HIGHLIGHTS RONA pinpoints 2009
outdoor trends

Comfort is the keyword in outdoor design this year. Patio furniture to relax in and innovative lighting are some things customers will be looking for.
here’s another year over and a new one just begun.” So, how does ’09 shape up on the back of 2008? The industry faces a number of issues, in particular:
• Labour.
• Energy.
• Trade.
Jan. 9, 2009 — As you think beyond the chill of winter, take heart: youcan garden anywhere! Here’s what Charlie Nardozzi, seniorhorticulturist at the National Gardening Association, has to say aboutgardening in urban environments.
Look out, Canadian greenhouse vegetable growers. Mexican greenhouse vegetable production is on the rise – fast.

Dec. 22, 2009 - The dawn of a new year has brought new colours and new trends to the world of home décor. The economy has changed drastically since last January and this is reflected to a degree in the fashion and decorating industry.

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Colour trends for 2009
The dawn of a new year has brought new colours and new trends to the world of home décor. The economy has changed drastically since last January and this is reflected to a degree in the fashion and decorating industry.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Seed catalogues may be menus for online ordering
Seed catalogues have come a long way from their 19th century origins, when they were valued as much for their art as their information. Now they serve as reference aids to computer users: Many consumers choose from catalogues but order from supplier websites.
October 28, 2008 - How can we better compete in the Canadian and global marketplace? The answer is knowing what the challenges are in the marketplace and addressing potential solutions for their consideration.
Our informal survey found some sales increases, especially with large containers
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Survey: older demographics biggest users of green products
Bucking the belief that environmentalism is a youth movement, consumers over 55 years old are the most prolific users of green products in the United States, according to a recent survey.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT

Has consumer pessimism peaked?
According to a Harris Decima poll, consumers may not necessarily be more optimistic today, but their pessimism of a few months ago is declining.

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