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Ogilvy, Holt Renfrew to merge into luxury megastore - Saks May be coming but watch out for the Weston's  The luxury merger of Ogilvy and Holt Renfrew in a massive expanded store is great news for Montreal, staff, retailers and analysts agree. The official word that Montreal's two luxury department stores will merge in an expanded Ogilvy in 2017 came Tuesday, after more than two years of widespread speculation that just this was in the works after the owners of Holt Renfrew bought Ogilvy in fall of 2011. Selfridges Group Ltd., owned by the Weston family of Toronto, also controls Loblaws and the Selfridges department store in the U.K., among other retailers. And Ogilvy has won the top billing on the new 220,000-square-foot store, which will take the rather clunky name "Ogilvy, part of the Holt Renfrew & Co. collection." The store will be unique to Montreal and the largest in the Holt Renfrew chain, which has 10 stores plus a pop-up across Canada. (Source

New partnership to make it easier for Canadians to buy from US retailers online
GoECart, a provider of e-commerce solutions, has announced a new collaboration with Canada Post that it says will improve the online shopping experience when Canadians buy from U.S. retailers. The integration of the Canada Post shipping platform with GoECart's multichannel e-commerce platform will enable GoECart's U.S.-based retail partners to quickly retrieve shipping rates and times, print shipping labels and track shipments. (Source

Poll finds 47% of Canadians will go to U.S. for Black Friday
A poll released Thursday by the Bank of Montreal says 47 per cent of Canadians it surveyed planned on shopping on Black Friday in the U.S. this year–up from 41 per cent last year–with each shopper expecting to spend an average of $292. (Source

Blame Canada: Target’s net income falls
The retailer lowered its forecast as it adjusts and refines its operations in its Canadian store rollout. The retailer’s launch in Canada earlier this year followed months of anticipation as shoppers north of the border eagerly awaited Target’s arrival, but that goodwill dissipated somewhat as customers complained of empty shelves and higher prices than in the U.S. Target said it was committed to Canada and was adjusting and refining operations as it learned from past experience and prepared to open another 56 stores by the end of the year. (Source

Truck drives through mall entrance in Fort St. John jewelry store heist 

The Lloydminster Municipal RCMP still seeking four suspects in fragrance robbery from Shoppers Drug Mart; $5000 worth of merchandise stolen 

RCMP look for suspect in botched Airdrie armed robbery; Man locked out by suspicious clerk in Airdrie armed robbery 

Two men charged in recent string of Calgary grocery store robberies

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Retail Fast Facts: October 2013

• Total monthly retail sales changed by 3.5 percent over the comparable month last year.
Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 3.9 percent over the comparable month last year. (Source

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