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Sept. 26, 2008 - Tough times mean that consumers may turn away from small independents and head to big box chain stores in search of savings this upcoming holiday season. But it doesn't have to be that way if small merchants focus on their strengths and stay out of a price war with larger rivals. RetailWire reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 25, 2008 - The Internet has proved a powerful equalizer for small businesses. But entrepreneurs can't just build Web sites these days - they have to build great ones that truly snag viewers and turn them into paying customers. Forbes.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 25, 2008, Vancouver - 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.
Sept. 24, 2008 - Canadian consumers are shopping more carefully and taking full advantage of special offers, but they're not systematically "trading down" to cheaper products and stores the way consumers are in the U.S., some Canadian retailers insist. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 24, 2008 - Retail sales in Calgary will balloon to $29.3 billion a year by 2012, about a $6.5 billion increase from this year according to the Conference Board of Canada. The Calgary Herald reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 24, 2008 - There is extremely rapid upward mobility in the retail sector today. Long gone are the days of slogging away for years in the same low-paid position, particularly in a strong economy. Canada.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 24, 2008 - The Retail Council of Canada has set up a link and letter that retailers can use to voice their concerns to their Member of Parliament on the issue of rising credit card and Interac fees.
Sept. 24, 2008 - Two U.S. retail groups are predicting that this holiday shopping season could be the most severe since the 1991 recession. USA Today reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 23, 2008 - 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.
Sept. 22, 2008 - Don Tapscott was a keynote speaker at the 2008 Shop.org Annual Summit and talked about how the fact that the net generation has grown up with the Internet has had a profound effect on this group's norms and they way they shop. Shop.org reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 22, 2008, Toronto - Canadians entered the first week of the federal election campaign with a sense of hope for the economy as the latest results from TNS Canadian Facts’ Consumer Confidence Index point to a rise in confidence in September.
Sept. 22, 2008 - According to a new survey from the National Research Network, the perception that gift cards are impersonal is the top inhibitor for consumers purchasing gift cards, with nearly half of respondents citing that as a factor. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 22, 2008 - A new survey reveals that 41 per cent of baby boomers have visited social networks such as MySpace or Facebook and 61 per cent have been to sites with streaming or downloadable videos such as YouTube. RetailWire.com reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 22, 2008 - It may be a tough economy, but female shoppers are more apt to buy cheaper over-the-counter cough syrup to save money than to scrimp on food for Fido.
Sept. 16, 2008 - The 2008 CanWest Hort Show kicks off tomorrow at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre and runs from Sept. 17-18. Swing by the Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery booth (number 1122) at the show and come say hello!

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