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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)

     

     

     

     

     

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    Wednesday
    Nov192014

    Target Posts Third-Quarter Gains: Is The Cheap-Chic Discounter Getting Its Groove Back?

    Target TGT +6.61% posted third-quarter  gains that beat analysts’ expectations, driven by a solid performance from its U.S. business that it hopes will carry over into the make-or-break, fourth quarter holiday selling season.

    The retailer’s troubled Canadian business also showed signs of improvement, the company said.

    The quarterly rebound follows a rough patch for the cheap-chic discounter, which has been reeling from a brand-damaging security breach that led to the May resignation of CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a botched expansion into Canada as well as lackluster merchandising in its U.S. stores.

    For the quarter ended November 1, Target’s sales rose 1.9% to $17.3 billion, reflecting a 1.2% gain in comparable sales combined with sales from new stores.

    Net income rose to $352 million from $341 million in the year-ago quarter.

    “We’re encouraged by the improving trend we’ve seen in our U.S. business throughout the year, and our fourth quarter plans are designed to sustain this momentum,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, who replaced Steinhafel in July.

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    Tuesday
    Nov182014

    Sears Canada Reports Third Quarter Results

    TORONTONov. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc. (TSX: SCC; NASDAQ: SRSC) today announced its unaudited third quarter results.  Total revenues for the 13-week period ended November 1, 2014 were $834.5 million compared to $982.3 million for the 13-week period ended November 2, 2013.  Same store sales decreased by 9.5%.  The balance of the decrease in revenues was primarily attributable to revenues from stores closed as a result of early termination and amendment of certain full-line store leases and the sale of certain joint arrangement interests in Fiscal 2013.

    The net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $118.7 million or $1.16 per share compared to a net loss of $48.8 million or 48 cents per share for the third quarter of last year.  Included in the net loss for the third quarter of this year were pre-tax impairment charges of $44.4 million, compared to pre-tax impairment charges of $22.6 million for the third quarter of last year.  Also included in the net loss for the third quarter of this year was an income tax expense of$43.7 million compared to an income tax recovery of $16.7 million for the same quarter of last year.  The third quarter of 2014 also included pre-tax transformation expenses of $4.0 million compared to $20.2 million for the same quarter of last year as well as a pre-tax gain of $14.6 million related to the sale of the Company's interest in certain joint arrangements with no comparable gain in the same quarter last year.  Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) for the third quarter of this year was a loss of $19.4 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $7.3 million for the third quarter of last year.

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    Wednesday
    Nov122014

    Rona plans new stores next year as profit surges 30% on same-store sales boost

    Two years after Rona Inc. spurned a takeover bid from U.S. rival Lowe’s Cos. and later had to close a number of poorly performing big-box stores, the home improvement chain is wearing a gleaming coat of paint.

    The Boucherville, Que-based chain is back in growth mode after reporting a 30% jump in net profit and its first increase in same-store sales, a key retail metric, in four years.

    “Given the positive trend in sales and profitability, and Rona’s solid financial situation, we are in a position to start expanding again,” said chief executive Robert Sawyer. “Rona’s expansion will be disciplined and will take place in environments where we must protect and reinforce our market share, or where the investment is justified by a strong growth potential and a good return on invested capital.” Rona will open five new stores next year, including two stores under the new Reno-Depot concept outside Quebec, he said, without specifying the locations.

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    Thursday
    Nov062014

    Schulich’s latest MBA ware: a retail specialization

    Canada’s retail sector is growing rapidly and in new ways, prodded especially these days by the arrival of U.S. giants such as Nordstrom and Target.

    But while there are MBA programs offering retail management specializations in the United States at Syracuse University in upstate New York and the University of South Carolina, for example, few exist in Canada.

    That’s why the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto is launching its first global retail management specialization within its MBA program, starting with the winter term.

    The program will cover fast-moving consumer goods and retail productivity and adaptability.

    The goal, marketing professor Robert Kozinets says, is to train the country’s next generation of retail executives to take Canadian stores to the next level.

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