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Industry market research report: Handbag, luggage & accessory stores in Canada
The handbag, luggage and accessory stores industry is expected to grow over the five years to 2014. Despite a dip in disposable income during 2010, strong consumer spending led considerable double-digit gains as consumer confidence soared and encouraged consumers to purchase industry goods.
Free-luggage era ends at JetBlue with fee on cheapest fares
JetBlue Airways Corp. will add a bag-check fee for fliers buying the cheapest tickets, ending its status as a holdout in the U.S. industry against charging extra for luggage.
Three fare classes starting in the first half of 2015 will give travelers the choice of getting the lowest price with no free bag, or paying more for fares that would have one or two pieces of luggage included, JetBlue said in an investor presentation in New York.
Sears Canada future looks bright, retailer insists
Sears Canada has lost a small fortune, sold off real estate, and it's now suddenly looking for a new partner for its credit card operations.
That has industry commentators talking about a death watch, and the retailer had more bad news Tuesday with the announcement it had a net loss of $118.7 million in the third quarter.
But the company is defiant, and assures customers that all is well.
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Retailers forced to block English-only websites in Quebec — or face sanctions from language police
As the invasion of U.S. retailers continues and as the Internet increasingly becomes the marketplace and the research centre of consumers, some Quebecers are getting unpleasant surprises: Some companies have blocked access to their websites here either because they have voluntarily complied with the French Language Charter or because they have received a notice from the Office québécois de la langue française.
Weak Walmart gain fails to inspire Wall Street
Walmart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement in the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations.
But the world's largest retailer issued a fourth-quarter profit outlook that missed Wall Street expectations because of expected fierce holiday discounting. The quarter also marked two full years of traffic declines at U.S. Walmart stores.
Target Canada undergoes sales strategy makeover as key Christmas season nears
As Canada slips from fall into frostbite season, there is one clothing item shoppers won't see on the shelves at Target as it fights to grab a much bigger share of the holiday shopping pie this year: Wool coats. The retailer's Canadian executives have been working overtime to try to improve the mass merchant's disappointing performance before Christmas hits, based on what they learned from last year's mistakes and ongoing customer research.
Black Friday begins: Walmart stores to match Amazon prices
Black Friday, the day that holiday shoppers either love or hate, is quickly approaching. While a number of retailers, both physical and online, have already begun announcing some of their big deals to be available on Thanksgiving, Walmart is getting an early start in this year's challenge to internet rival Amazon.
The 12 top global retail trends for 2015
Engineering your end game and getting ready for mobile payments are both key global retail trends for next year, according to Lorna Hall, head of market intelligence at WGSN.
Hall was recently the keynote speaker at the WGSN Live conference in Melbourne.
The next big thing in online shopping: The offline connection
When new data show holiday shoppers actually prefer to shop in stores rather than online, e-commerce sites have to get creative.
Farfetch, the e-commerce hub that connects online shoppers to hundreds of indie clothing boutiques around the globe, did just that with its latest venture aimed at getting its online customers inside stores in time for gift-buying season.
Target Canada needs more work to get better
Target is still missing the mark in Canada.
Executives at the retailer said that while the chain has made progress in Canada, a lot more work is needed if the chain is going to have a bright future here.
The discount chain launched to much fanfare in early 2013, opening dozens of stores across the country and adding more in quick succession.
Emerging Design: Local makers focus on beauty and usability in leather goods
"The main driving force of our inspiration is things that we feel like we want in our lives," said Nora Rogers, one half of the limited-edition leather goods company Map Of Days.
"We play music, a lot of our friends play music, so we made a guitar strap first and then belts. But the bags have all come from that too," she said.
Rogers formed Map of Days with friend and creative partner Samantha Greaves in 2012.
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