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Oct. 29, 2008 - Retail sales in B.C. continued a downward trend in August, with forecasts suggesting 2008 will end with the weakest growth performance in several years. The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 28, 2008 - According to NRF’s 2008 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions 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. Gift cards will be the most requested gift this year, followed by books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games (50.0%) and clothing or accessories (49.8%).
Oct. 28, 2008 - 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. ReportonBusiness.com reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 28, 2008 - With a tray for soil up here and a reservoir for water down there, a "self-watering" container can be made to produce a sizable crop of vegetables, fruit or flowers - without a spacious garden site. Any concrete pad, balcony, rooftop or classroom will do.
Oct. 27, 2008 - Retailers taking a hit from the drop in the Canadian dollar are holding the line on prices to avoid scaring off anxious consumers during the crucial holiday shopping season. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 24, 2008 - Canadian consumers reeled in their spending habits a little further in August as retail sales dipped 0.3 per cent to $35.9 billion.
Oct. 23, Vancouver - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and its thousands of members across British Columbia applaud the provincial government for their support of B.C. small business in a new economic plan announced by Premier Gordon Campbell.
Oct. 23, 2008 - According to a new report by CIBC World Markets, many small and medium-sized businesses are poised to outperform the rest of the economy as it emerges from the impending recession because their flexibility allows them to move quickly to capitalize in areas of accelerating growth and make cost-saving adjustments. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 23, 2008 - Many retailers are watching the economic crunch with the same mixture of horror and dread gripping consumers and wonder whether shoppers will stay away in droves during what is traditionally the busiest shopping period of the year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many are slashing prices in hopes of attracting customers. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 23, 2008 - Canadian retail industry expert Wendy Evans recently spoke with The Globe and Mail's Report on Business. Evans shares her predictions on what the retail market will look like this season in a podcast. Report on Business.com reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 21, 2008, Amsterdam, the Netherlands — Retail Inspiration’s ‘Be Aware Get Better’ earned this year’s Horti Fair Innovation Award. The company’s program involves six innovative marketing concepts based on the theme of sustainability.
Oct. 16, 2008 - 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!
Oct. 16, 2008 - 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.
Oct. 16, 2008 - 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. | READ MORE
Oct. 16, 2008 - 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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