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Sears Holdings may be open to selling Canadian flagship store - and may close more stores  Sears Holdings' Canadian division may consider selling off its Toronto flagship store if the right buyer comes along, according to published reports. In the latest sign of trouble for the retailer, Sears Canada CEO Douglas Campbell told the Globe and Mail, one of Canada's largest newspapers, that the company was considering closing more stores, including the one at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Sears Canada's head office also is located at Eaton Centre. The newspaper reported that Campbell's predecessor, Calvin McDonald, was reluctant to sell the location because of its symbolic importance, but that Seattle-based Nordstrom was interested in buying the location as it prepares to open its first Canadian store next year. (Source

5 Canadian consumer trends to shape the future of retail
Canadians consumers are increasingly looking for healthy and locally made products, according to a new study from the Business Development Bank of Canada that identifies five trends shaping consumer behaviour. The BDC study released Monday also looks at the increasing importance of the internet in decision-making, with half of consumers conducting an online search prior to buying. The five consumer trends identified by the BDC are: The buy-local movement, Rising health awareness, Frugality, The desire for customized goods, The impact of the internet. Not too far off the consumer in the states. (Source

Best Buy Canada looking to become ground zero in Windows, Apple, Samsung electronics battle - looks like the same in the U.S.  Best Buy Canada is getting even cozier with its manufacturers, who are opening up in-store boutiques inside the retailer’s big stores with dedicated staff to service megabrands such as Windows, Apple and Samsung. The move comes as the retailer, which closed 15 underperforming stores in January, strives to shore up its leading market share in a struggling category after a prolonged period of consumer electronics deflation and stiff competition from Amazon. (Source

Target’s Rough Ride In Canada Will Persist In The Near Term
Target’s Canadian operations have not shown big promise so far. The retailer is off to a choppy start in the region due to low customer satisfaction and initial expansion costs. Canada has been the first international expansion choice for U.S. retailers due to its close vicinity to the U.S. and similar consumer tastes. Though Target expects better performance in Canada in the future, the market is not as lucrative as some developing nations, due to a slow economic recovery, increase in cross-border shopping and small population. Moreover, the retail landscape in Canada is highly developed, and therefore, new retailers find it hard to compete with the existing ones. Only the grocery retailers have seen decent growth in the region, which is not a big business for Target. Considering the factors, we believe that Target is in for a rough ride in Canada in the near future. (Source

Starbucks brews up an expansion
Sales this year in Canada went over $1 billion, and 100 new outlets a year will open nationwide by 2018, including 24 by early 2014 in Quebec. (Source

Vancouver police warn of fraudsters reselling gasoline stored in modified vans and buying with fake credit cards  A series of sophisticated and coordinated gas thefts have Vancouver police searching for criminals who are fuelling the black market. Twice this week police have caught drivers using fraudulent credit cards to fill holding tanks in unmarked, modified panel vans in a rash of gas thefts that is not expected to stop soon, according to VPD spokesman Const. Brian Montague. There’s no question that we’ve seen a level of expertise here both in the modifications of the vehicles being used as well as the fact that you’re seeing forged payment cards,” he said. Police arrived and arrested an 18-year-old man who was allegedly holding more than 200 payment cards that appeared to have been forged. When they looked inside the van he had been driving, they saw that it had been modified and held a plastic tank filled with more than 750 litres of gasoline. (Source

Richmond RCMP arrests a drug store robbery suspect; used an imitation handgun at Garden City shopping center

Robber enters a Calgary grocery store with a screwdriver and knife demanding money  Calgary Police are on the case after a violent robbery in the city’s northeast Wednesday evening. It happened at around 9:30 p.m. at the Basha International Foods on Barlow Trail near Sunridge Mall. The two suspects came in with a screwdriver and a knife and threatened employees. No one was injured. (Source

Owner working to recover after last month’s $40,000 robbery of a Montreal boutique  The owner of a men’s wear store on St-Laurent Boulevard says he’s doing his best to turn the page after a Hollywood-style robbery cost him thousands of dollars. Jonah Leslie, the owner of Héritage-Inheritance boutique, said he got a phone call in the morning about a month ago. He said an employee had opened up the store to discover the second-storey had been almost completely emptied out. Even more shocking was the method the robbers used to access the building. The thieves managed to break through the upstairs wall by going through an empty apartment in an adjacent building. Leslie said that would have required going through two thick brick walls and a gyproc wall. (Source

Retail Fast Facts: October 2013

Total monthly retail sales changed by 3.5 per cent over the comparable month last year.
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.9 per cent over the comparable month last year. Read more (Source

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