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Bargaining makes a comeback
Dec. 23, 2008 - Much like the rest of the economy, Canadian shopping habits are going the way of the Great Depression. As
scrimping consumers shy away from big-ticket purchases, savvy shoppers
are ignoring retail sticker prices and tossing out low-ball offers with
surprising results. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Blogs find favour as buying guides
Dec. 23, 2008 - While the rise of blog readership in recent years is no secret, the power of blogs to influence what people buy is less established. But as a recent study reveals, that power is significant — so much that a majority of blog readers say blogs are useful when they make purchases. The New York Times reports. | READ MORE
Saskatchewan economy staying strong, says RBC Economics
Dec. 22, 2008 - According to the latest provincial economic outlook released today by RBC, Saskatchewan continues to carry strong momentum gathered during the commodities boom, that will help the province weather the global economic downturn.
RBC says Ontario's economy slipping into a recession
Dec. 22, 2008 - Hopes of escaping the recession are disappearing fast in Ontario. The province's economy is now forecast to contract by 0.2 per cent in 2008 and a further 1.4 per cent in 2009, which would represent the worst economic performance since the early 1990s recession, according to the latest report released today by RBC Economics.
Decorators are seeing red, copper and gold this Christmas
Dec. 22, 2008 - Roll out the red carpet for crimson, scarlet, ruby and cherry. Red in many stunning shades is everywhere when it comes to dressing up homes this holiday season. The Hamilton Spectator reports. | READ MORE
Cutting back can mean less room for technology
Dec. 22, 2008 - For small businesses, size matters, especially in a tough economy. Since owners of small to mid-sized enterprises must maximize every dollar, many are choosing smaller office spaces and store fronts for their ventures. As a result, there is less space for technology. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
How to go green and stay cost-competitive
Dec. 22, 2008 - The perception that it costs an arm and a leg to "go green" keeps plenty of small businesses (and customers) from even trying - let alone in a recession. Sure, many eco-friendly improvements do require some initial capital. But they also can yield significant cost savings - and drive revenues - in the long run. The Financial Post reports. | READ MORE
The secrets of marketing in a web 2.0 world
Dec. 22, 2008 - For marketers, Web 2.0 offers a remarkable new opportunity to engage consumers - if they only knew how to do it. The Wall Street Journal has compiled a guide to help business keep up with the virtual world. | READ MORE
Retail sales fall 0.9 per cent in October
Dec. 22, 2008, Toronto - Even the holiday season isn't kickstarting consumer spending, as another round of dismal numbers Thursday indicated Canadians are being cautious with their cash and an index of economic trends fell for a third straight month.
RCC applauds Alberta Premier's call to Harper for limits on credit and debit fees
Dec. 17, 2008 - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) applauds Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach for his recommendation to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government to limit fees charged to businesses for processing credit and debit transactions - fees that eventually trickle down to consumers.