Oct. 16, 2008 - U.S. consumers plan to spend an average of $832.36 on holiday-related shopping, up a paltry 1.9 percent over last year’s $816.69, according to the NRF. This represents the lowest increase in planned consumer spending since the survey began in 2002.
Oct. 16, 2008 - With economic pressures hindering consumer spending, retail sales continued to lag in advance of the holiday season. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales for September decreased 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted from last month, while increasing 1.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Oct. 16, 2008 - You might expect that cause marketing would be the kind of intangible, feel-good advertising to get axed in a recession. Instead, quite the opposite is true, as major marketers, from retailers such as Sears, Target and OfficeMax to package-goods players such as General Mills and P&G, find that cause efforts actually help persuade weary consumers to spend. reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 16, 2008 - Vincor Canada, the leading Canadian wine maker, said today it has partnered with Vandermeer Greenhouses to produce "clean" electric power from grape skins and pulp left over in the wine-making process. | READ MORE
Oct. 14, 2008 - Keyano College will soon be making green thumbs of little hands as it launched its Greenstart Project this Wednesday, and has already started visiting local elementary schools.| READ MORE
Oct. 14, 2008 - A year-round greenhouse and farm market garden operation near Fort Frances is going greener with the support of the Ontario government. | READ MORE
Oct. 14, 2008 - If it's flower bulbs you want for that new cutting garden, then there's more than tulips from which to choose.
Oct. 8, 2008, Montreal - 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.
Oct. 8, 2008 - Canada's venerable penny now costs more than a cent to make, according to secret documents obtained by Canwest News Service. The documents say that "due to rising labour, metal and other manufacturing and distribution costs, each penny now costs more than one cent to produce." The Vancouver Sun reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 8, 2008 - Post-secondary institutions are expanding or adding business programs with specialties in the retail sector as they try to keep up with growing demand for mid-level and senior managers. reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 8, 2008 - Since 1884, Sherman Nursery of Charles City, IA has been a long-time grower in the United States’ horticultural industry, and has been owned by Bailey Nurseries of Newport, MN, operating independently as a wholesale supplier of fine nursery stock. This week, Bailey Nurseries has decided to consolidate various aspects of Sherman’s operations into Bailey Nurseries.
Oct. 8, 2008, Toronto - Despite a high Canadian dollar, surging gasoline prices and growing anxiety felt by U.S. households dampening travel to PEI and slowing tourism, the province's economy has maintained a decent pace, according to the latest provincial forecast released today by RBC.
Oct. 6, 2008 - Retailers have scaled back inventory and advertising spending as they brace for a tough fall and holiday shopping season, and they will likely look for further cutbacks in a softening economy, industry insiders said. reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 6, 2008 - RONA has unveiled its new eco-responsible signage across all stores bearing the RONA banner. The new signage is designed to help consumers identify products that represent an eco-responsible choice.
October 3, 2008 — Ontario floriculture producers can now access the Advance Payment Program of the Farm Finance Division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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