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Volume 13, Issue 27, July 24, 2013

Inside This Issue:
• CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM To Take Place on April 8, 2014
• Loblaw Profit Increases 14.5% in Second Quarter, Revenue Up 2%
• Loblaw Gains Advantage with Smaller Urban Stores Acquired through Shoppers Deal
• Why Retailers Love Customers Who Shop On Their Smartphones 
• Retail Sales in Canada See Largest Monthly Jump in 3 Years 
• Canadian Wholesale Sales Rise at Fastest Pace in More Than Two Years 
• Inflation in Canada Rises to 1.2% in June, But Price Pressures Remain Tame 
• U.S. New Home Sales Hit 5-Year High, Prices Soar 
• U.S. Home Resales Drop in June, But Prices Surge 

Association News 

CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM To Take Place on April 8, 2014   
Next year’s CHHMA Spring Conference & Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the International Centre (Conference Facility) in Mississauga – so mark your calendars!

The annual event is a value-packed one-day educational conference the offers keynote speakers and presentations on timely topics impacting manufacturers/brand owners.

The Association’s annual general meeting and board elections also take place during the conference as well as the Hardware/Housewares Industry Hall of Fame inductions during the luncheon.

To see a full list of industry and CHHMA events, please go to the Industry Calendar page on the CHHMA website:  

Industry News

Loblaw to Buy Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4 Billion 
Loblaw Cos. Ltd. sees stronger-than-anticipated growth for the rest of the year as it prepares for the integration of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. Canada’s biggest grocery chain posted net profit of $178 million or 63 cents per share in the second quarter ended June 15, up 14.5% from $156 million or 55 cents in the year-earlier period.  Revenue increased by 2% to $7.5 billion from $7.4 billion.  Loblaw said improvements from the successful execution of its strategy in the first half of 2013 should result in mid-single digit growth in operating income for the full year, up from an earlier outlook of modest, low-single digit growth.  Read More >>

Loblaw Gains Advantage with Smaller Urban Stores Acquired through Shoppers Deal 

Last week’s purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart by Loblaw Cos. was a move that buys into the small-format store model while also giving the Canadian grocer an edge over rivals by adding downtown stores across the country.  The acquisition will see Loblaw gain a drugstore chain with 1,242 small-format stores, many in inner cities. The downtown stores allow Loblaw to sell more groceries in the Shoppers’ drug stores, while adding more pharmacy items in its food outlets.  The push into the small-format direction is driven by changing consumer habits, as demands on time force consumers to look for more one-stop shopping solutions in their neighbourhoods, without having to drive to bigger retailers.   Read More >>

Marketplace Stats & Trends
Why Retailers Love Customers Who Shop On Their Smartphones 
(Article by Susan Krashinsky, The Globe & Mail)
When you shop online, retailers are watching. It’s called traffic-flow analysis: Amazon knows what you looked at first, what you looked at next and what element on the page led you from point A to point B.  When you decide that you don’t really need a second colour in that $60 yoga tank top, Lululemon can see the exact point in your visit that you abandoned that item in your cart.

This kind of intelligence allows for smarter e-commerce sites, designed to make the path from home page to purchase-confirmation screen as smooth as possible for visitors.

But in brick and mortar stores, it’s a different story. Now, retailers are hoping that the electronic device most of us carry at all times, a mobile phone, will soon change that. 

Click here to read the full article.   

Economic News

Retail Sales in Canada See Largest Monthly Jump in 3 Years

Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday that retail sales rose 1.9% to $40.4 billion in May, the biggest month-to-month jump since March 2010. This followed relatively flat sales the previous two months. The gains were widespread, with higher sales in all 10 provinces and 9 of 11 subsectors representing 94% of total retail trade. Economists had been expecting a month-to-month increase of 0.4%, according to Thomson Reuters, picking up the pace from April’s increase of 0.1% and a flat March.  In volume terms, retail sales were also up 1.9%, a third consecutive month of growth.  Read More >>

Canadian Wholesale Sales Rise at Fastest Pace in More Than Two Years  
Canadian wholesale sales rose at the fastest pace in more than two years in May, reaching a record on sales of fertilizer and food. 
Wholesale sales rose 2.3% to $50.3 billion in May, Statistics Canada said last Thursday, the largest rate of growth since the beginning of 2011. The increase was largely due to higher sales in the agricultural supplies industry and the food industry. In volume terms, wholesale sales were up 2.4%.  Read More >>

Inflation in Canada Rises to 1.2% in June, But Price Pressures Remain Tame
Consumer prices picked up speed last month, fueled by higher the cost of gasoline and cars, but that is unlikely to nudge Canada’s monetary policymakers any closer to a change in interest rates.   The annual rate of inflation was 1.2% in June, up from 0.7% the previous month, but in line with economists’ forecasts and matching the level last seen in February.  Statistics Canada said last Friday said its Consumer Price Index (CPI), which has been at or below 1% since March, was pushed higher in June by a rebound in prices at the pumps and higher costs for passenger vehicles.  Read More >>

U.S. New Home Sales Hit 5-Year High, Prices Soar
Sales of new U.S. single-family homes vaulted to a five-year high in June, showing little signs of slowing in the face of higher mortgage rates.  The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales increased 8.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 497,000 units, the highest level since May 2008. Economists polled by Reuters had expected new home sales to rise to a 482,000-unit rate last month.  Compared with June last year, sales were up 38.1%, the largest increase since January 1992.  Read More >>

U.S. Home Resales Drop in June, But Prices Surge
U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in June after two straight months of hefty increases, but a surge in prices to a five-year high suggested the housing market recovery remained on course.  The National Association of Realtors (NAR) said on Monday that U.S. home sales fell 1.2% to an annual rate of 5.08 million units. Still, sales remained the second highest since November, 2009. 
Economists polled by Reuters had expected sales to rise to a 5.25 million unit pace in June.  In the 12 months through June, sales were 15.2% higher. The median price for a previously owned home soared 13.5% from a year ago to $214,200, the highest since June 2008.  Read More >>

 Upcoming CHHMA Events 

Industry Memorial Golf Classic
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Blue Springs Golf Club, Acton, Ontario

Industry Cocktail
Date TBA, 2013
Location TBA, Montreal, Quebec

Canada Night
Date TBA, March, 2014
InterContinental Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
International Centre (Conference Facility), Mississauga, Ontario

CHHMA Maple Leaf Night
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location TBA, Las Vegas, Nevada

CHHMA Quebec Golf Classic
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Club de golf Le Fontainebleau, Blainville, Quebec

CHHMA Ontario Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, Ontario

CHHMA Industry Calendar

To register for all events visit our website at or call Pam Winter at (416) 282-0022 ext.21.


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