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Amazon launches Canada's biggest toy store announced today it has begun selling more than 300,000 toys in its online store. is being blamed in part for the decline in fortunes of big box retailer Toys R Us in the U.S., which recently reported a first-quarter loss of $111-million (U.S.). (Source

Canadian retailer Rona closing 11 stores due to restructuring; move will save over $70 million. Canadian home improvement retailer Rona Inc. is closing 11 non-profitable stores as part of a broader restructuring plan. Rona will also reduce administrative, marketing, merchandising and distribution expenses and eliminate 125 administrative jobs. In February 2013, Rona cut 200 jobs. Rona rejected an unsolicited $1.72 billion USD buyout offer from Lowe’s in August 2012. (Source

Hershey pays $4M fine for chocolate price-fixing
US candy maker Hershey on Friday pleaded guilty to participating in a chocolate price-fixing scheme and paid a CAN$4 million (US$3.8 million) fine. Earlier this month, Canadian authorities also charged Nestle, Mars and a network of independent wholesale distributors in the case after a whistle-blower tipped authorities to the scheme. Three individuals were also charged: Robert Leonidas, former president of Nestle Canada; Sandra Martinez, former president of Confectionery for Nestle Canada; and David Glenn Stevens, head of Canadian food distributor ITWAL. Hershey said previously that the scheme was limited to the Canadian marketplace, and involved, in 2007, executives that were no longer with the Pennsylvania-based company. (Source

National Household Survey: Retail clerk is Canada’s most common job  The sales clerk is the most common job in Canada, according to newly released data from Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey. In 2011, retail boasted 1.9 million workers, representing 11.5 per cent of the country’s workforce. Almost one in five workers was aged 55 and over. Education brings work. The employment rate for those with university credentials was 81.6 per cent compared to 55.8 per cent for those with no certificate, diploma or degree. (Source (Source

Canadian women studying more, still earning less 
Canadian women are gaining ground at school, but remain stuck when it comes to employment equity. For the first time, females outshone their male counterparts overall in educational attainment. But their earning power still lags far behind. As statistics obtained by Global News indicate, more than 80 per cent of women in dual-income households still earn less than their husbands. And households where women are the primary breadwinners are also poorer than those where men earn more – incomes averaging $105,1000 compared to $118,000. And women are still earning less overall: Full-time, full-year workers earned an average of $47,300 in 2010, compared with $64,200 for men. (Source

Barrie, Ontario, police officer guilty of beating man at mall, fabricating evidence  A conviction against a police officer who viciously beat a man at a shopping mall and then tried to frame him came as a relief and vindication, the victim said after Friday's guilty verdict. Const. Jason Nevill was convicted of assault causing bodily harm, obstruction of justice and fabricating evidence against Jason Stern. The officer initially maintained that Stern, now 28, was intoxicated and had attacked him with intent to resist arrest at a mall in November 2010. However, charges against Stern were dropped after video surveillance emerged showing the officer attacking him without provocation, and beating him even after handcuffing him, leaving a pool of blood on the floor. The incident occurred at the mall after Stern's friend broke a Christmas ornament. Stern is suing Nevill and the mall for $1 million, the two security guards, the security company, the City of Barrie and the Barrie Police Service arguing he sustained permanent physical and emotional injuries from the beating. (Source

Retail Fast Fact: June 2013 - Provided by the Retail Council of Canada
Total monthly retail sales changed by +4.3 per cent over the comparable month last year.
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by +2.7 per cent over the comparable month last year.

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