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Shop Today: 35th Annual LLHA Show


Sept. 28-30, 2015
Mississauga Convention Centre

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We are well on our way to bringing you all the hottest and newest products & brands for you to explore when you visit the LLHA Show during September 28-30th, 2015. 50% of the floor is already booked with exciting brands such as: Samsonite, Heys, Travelon, Osgoode Marley, it Luggage, Buffalo David Bitton, Kenneth Cole, Derek Alexander, Mancini, Pacsafe, Lojel, Knomo, Lipault, Criale, Ricardo Beverly Hills, Safe Skies, Granite Gear and many many more.

Stay tuned as we update you regularly on additional brands bringing you their latest & greatest this September.

Stay connected with Canada's only magazine for the travel business & fashion accessory industry now into its 49th year, distributed to 7,000 retailers nationally.

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Canada's retail sales suffer biggest one-month drop in almost 5 years
Toronto Star
Retail sales in Canada in December posted their largest one-month drop since April 2010, as the cost to fill your gas tank plunged and holiday shoppers spent less. Statistics Canada said retail sales fell 2.0 per cent compared with November to $42.1 billion in December.
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Hudson's Bay Company teams up with Simon Properties, RioCan to form real estate ventures worth $4.2 billion
Financial Post
Through his latest act of financial wizardry, Hudson's Bay Co. governor Richard Baker has transformed the country's oldest department store chain into one of its most nimble real estate operators. It has been a process in the making since the savvy Greenwich, Conn.-based real estate investor bought out the then-limping HBC in 2008 and proceeded to make a series of methodical chess moves to get the retailer out of its least attractive properties and pour those proceeds into more valuable properties, most notably the $2.9 billion purchase of Saks Fifth Avenue in 2013.
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Sears loss narrows, but sales fall sharply
CTV News
Sears Holdings recorded its fourth straight year of falling profit and revenue in 2014, even as cost cutting and store closures helped narrow its loss for the fourth quarter. The company that runs Kmart and Sears stores in the United States, has been closing stores, selling assets and slashing inventory as it continues with efforts to turn around its U.S. business. Sears Holdings has also reduced its stake in Sears Canada, which is undergoing a similar downsizing exercise north of the border.
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Target reports 4Q loss on Canada pullout; outlook cautious
Tulsa World
Target Corp. delivered a cautious profit outlook for the first quarter and reported a loss in its fourth quarter, dragged down by costs to end its money-losing foray in Canada. But the discount retailer recorded stronger-than-expected sales during the holiday period as shoppers bought more clothing and other items.
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AllSaints to debut handbag collection
Fashion Times
AllSaints creative director Wil Beedle has designed an exclusive 48-piece handbag collection for the British brand, which is set to launch in July. The handbag range — which retails from $350 to $498 — includes all lightweight styles, because Allsaints wanted to focus on the "beauty of the skins, not hardware," Beedle told WWD.
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Wal-mart Canada to invest less this year following Target Canada's demise
Forbes
With the end of Target's operations in Canada, Wal-Mart has gone easy on its investments. In a recent news, the company stated that it will be investing only $269 million in 2015 in Canada, compared to over $450 million invested last year. Wal-Mart began selling groceries in Canada back in 2006 and it forayed aggressively into fresh foods when Target announced its entry in the country in 2011.

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UNIQLO rumoured to open major store at Metrotown
Vanctiy Buzz
Japanese fast-fashion retailer UNIQLO is looking to open a significantly sized location at Burnaby's Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. A source, who asked to remain anonymous, told Vancity Buzz that UNIQLO is in the process of securing the large retail space currently occupied by Home Outfitters on the lower level of the shopping centre's Grand Court atrium area.

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Cross-border shopping is about more than a bargain
Our Windsor
Deals and designer brands have lured Canadian shoppers south of the border for years, but the United States is no longer the only option for local bargain hunters. With the loonie falling and the emergence of high-end outlets in the GTA and the Niagara Falls area, many no longer see the U.S. as the best place to get a bargain. But not Matthew Cass, who crosses the border from Welland, ON, to Buffalo twice a week. "It's cheaper over there, even though it's 20 cents on the dollar," he said.

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5 myths about carry-on bags
USA Today
Many airline passengers seek to avoid those hefty checked-bag charges that the airlines levy by resorting to traveling only with carry-on luggage, using bags that seem to run the gamut of shape and size. The result is that aircraft bin space has emerged as the most hotly contested real estate on any flight. But what constitutes a carry-on bag? Here are five myths about carry-ons to read before your next flight.
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JetBlue's justification for baggage fees demonstrates the sad state of airline industry
Consumerist
JetBlue announced recently that it too would be kowtowing to investors' demands and start charging fees for checked bags. This news did not go over well with many of the airlines' customers, but JetBlue believes people will get over it... because they really have no other choice. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, JetBlue's head of marketing Marty St. George says that it's okay for the airline to now charge baggage fees because most of the other carriers do.
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Sears Canada reports 18 per cent drop in revenue, falling same-store sales
Business in Vancouver
Sears Canada has announced its fourth quarter results for 2014, and things are not looking up for the beleaguered retail chain. The company had revenue of $972.5 million for the quarter, which is a 17.7 per cent decline compared to the same period last year. Net loss was $123.6 million, compared with net earnings of $373.7 million last year.
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Target steps up liquidation discounts
The StarPhoenix
After being criticized for its shoddy liquidation discounts, Target Canada stepped up the price slashing, offering deals of 20 per cent to 40 per cent on its merchandise. The news will put further pricing pressure on rivals such as Canadian Tire, Winners and Walmart before Target winds down operations in this country in May, experts say, though Target's desire to exit the market quickly means the suffering is not expected last for long.
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