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How would you turn around Sears?

Times have been tough for Sears Canada. The numbers tell the story: Over the last year, same-store sales decreases at Sears ranged from 4.9% in the fourth quarter of 2002, to a dismal 14.1% in the first quarter of 2003. Meanwhile, total revenues for Q2 2003 were $1.468 billion versus $1.593 billion in the same quarter last year, down by 7.8%. But Sears is doing its share of damage control by introducing new brands, which are supported by advertising, and adopting a cleaner look.

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Dixie: cheap is out, value is in

Dixie Outlet Mall isn’t all about bins of cheap clothing. That’s why a new $400,000 marketing campaign for the Mississauga, Ont.-based venue will emphasize that it carries popular brands for value prices.

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Hot Property

Emerging trends for reaching youth

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What’s in store across the border?

Agency, clients charter a bus to Buffalo to check out the U.S. retail scene

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Shopaholics unite

Campaign spurs excitement for expanded Calgary mall

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Why minimalism works

Retail design is more important than ever – and with minimalism, one size fits all

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Private paradise

Private clothing labels are gaining in popularity, and retail outlets are making sure the brand benefits

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Blurring the boundaries

Will retail expansion confuse consumers? Analysts don’t think so

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Oddities: A global retail update

California’s Quiksilver has upped the ante for signage in New York’s Times Square

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Flyer measurement is back on track

Three years into the process and one break-up later, the Toronto-based Flyer Distribution Standards Association is back in the boardroom and advertisers and distributors seem finally to be getting along

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Farmer Jack meets Mr. Whiskers

What’s the ultimate testament to the tenderness of a grocer’s beef? How about a gaggle of seniors – minus their dentures – gumming down meat in the back room. This is the wacky premise of one of the spots in a new TV campaign for U.S.-based Farmer Jack by Vancouver shop Rethink.

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Irving: Win extravagant, decadent prizes like this chocolate bar!

Some might think it’s a drag to win a bag of chips in a contest where boats and RVs are up for grabs, but a new campaign to highlight convenience chain Irving Mainway’s Cruisin’ to Win promo makes it a more memorable experience.

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Pharma Plus courts teens

High school kids across Ontario are being treated by Katz Group Canada to a ‘Munchie Mania’ card giving them a free bag of Doritos and Pepsi product with every $20 purchase.

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HBC: From fur to homes to…long distance?

Hudson’s Bay offers long-distance plan

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Build-A-Bear makes tracks for Canada

No doubt a lot of Canadian children tuck teddy bears in at night, but probably not many of the stuffed animals were actually created by their pint-sized nurturers. That’s about to change as St. Louis, Mo.-based Build-A-Bear Workshop expands north of the border.