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35th Annual Luggage, Leathergoods, Handbags & Accessories Show
LLHA

Save the date! The 35th Annual Luggage, Leathergoods, Handbags & Accessories Show (LLHA) is September 28-30, 2015 to take advantage of in-season goods for immediate sale. The show has moved to the Mississauga Convention Centre, a beautifully finished hall, fully carpeted, low ceilings for better lighting and all at lower costs... meant to make your time at the show more enjoyable. The new simplified format makes it easier shopping & browsing and the new cash & carry area provides you with hot deals on the spot. Mark it on your calendars and plan to attend!

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Withdrawal of the General Preferential Tariff (GPT) from 72 current beneficiary countries
CBSA
Further to a Department of Finance notice published in Part II of the Canada Gazette, dated October 9, 2013, entitlement to the General Preferential Tariff (GPT) is withdrawn, effective January 1, 2015, from all goods that originate in 72 higher-income and trade-competitive countries (out of current 176 beneficiaries). Such goods must be accounted for under the Most-Favoured-Nation Tariff (MFN).
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Smart Set stores set to vanish as part of Reitmans restructuring
CBC News
Reitmans says it will close or rename all 107 Smart Set stores across Canada by the end of next year. "Despite some improvements in the performance of the Smart Set banner, management has determined that its optimum strategy to improve its operating results is to refocus its sales and merchandising efforts by converting approximately 76 Smart Set stores to other Company banners and 31 store closures," the Montreal-based clothing chain said in a press release.
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Airline fees: A holiday traveler's guide
USA Today
A new boarding-pass fee and higher baggage fees at Allegiant Air. A holiday baggage surcharge on Spirit Airlines. Charges for carry-on bags at Frontier Airlines. Increases in pet fees at Southwest Airlines and overweight bag fees at US Airways. All were introduced this year, underscoring the airline industry's continuing fee frenzy, 6.5 years after it began with charges for checked bags.
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Looking at airline fees in 2008 compared to 2014
The Chron
With investors pressuring airlines to pack more people into their planes, more carriers are adopting an individual fee-based approach to the traditional pricing model. Now, as Quartz so obviously pointed out, Southwest Airlines remains the last man standing when it comes to free bag check-ins. JetBlue airways did away with the practice and will add a bag-check fee for fliers who purchase the cheapest tickets.

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High stakes holiday shopping season for Target and Sears
CBC News
There will be no rest for retailers this holiday season; they're locked in a high stakes battle for our bucks in a hyper-competitive marketplace where some chains are fighting for survival. "Christmas is our most important season in the year, and certainly I think most retailers will tell you that November, December may make or break their year," said Sears Canada spokesperson Vincent Power.

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Popular travel destination to ban rolling luggage
ABC News
The rumble that some say is plaguing Venice, Italy will soon come to an end, the Il Messaggero newspaper reports. The city has outlawed hard-wheeled suitcases beginning next May. Residents have long complained about the noise of suitcases on plastic wheels rumbling across the cobble stone streets. Some Italians have claimed all the noise cost them sleep.

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New Sears Canada CEO says retailer here to stay
Calgary Herald
The acting president and chief executive of Sears Canada has a message for shoppers — the iconic retailer is far from dead. "The message to Canadians is we're here to stay. We're here to bring great products and great services back to them and to give them the kind of products and services that they expect from us and that they deserve," Ron Boire told the Herald.
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Mulberry falls to first-half loss
The Wall Street Journal
Mulberry Group PLC said it fell into the red in the first half, but the British handbag maker said steps to restore growth are beginning to bear fruit as it widens its range of cheaper products. "I'm feeling encouraged but I know there is still a lot to do, the challenge is very much to get the business back growing, which I think we've made good steps with," Executive Chairman Godfrey Davis told The Wall Street Journal.
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Wal-Mart and Target take fight to Amazon for holiday sales
The Wall Street Journal
After losing ground in past years to online competitors over Thanksgiving weekend, brick-and-mortar retailers are striking back by becoming more aggressive in pricing and selling goods on the Web. The strategy appears to be driving traffic to their sites. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said that Thanksgiving was its second-biggest day ever for online sales.
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Kelly's Luggage closing after 52 years in Halifax Shopping Centre
Global News
A store that's been in the Halifax Shopping Centre for more than 50 years will close its doors for good on Dec. 31. Brian Hobrecker, vice-president of Kelly's Luggage, says he feels his store is being squeezed out. "They decided that they're not going to renew our lease. I think they're looking for more in the way of big corporate companies, rather than independents," he said.
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New suitcase expands with the push of a button
Yahoo! News
Very soon, you might have the option to use Fugu, a revolutionary suitcase that promises to transform from a carry-on to a full-sized bag in seconds. The Fugu suitcase was put on Kickstarter last month, and with nine days left, the designers have already raised $300,000. Their original goal was only $50,000, so the level of interest from backers is something that inventor Isaac Atlas never predicted. "We were really surprised; we didn't think it would blow up so quickly," he said.
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