Apple tops BlackBerry in Canadian sales

Apple tops BlackBerry in Canadian salesResearch in Motion’s home-country advantage has worn off amongst Canadian consumers. For the first time, its BlackBerry is no longer the top selling smartphone in the country, according to data compiled by research firm IDC and Bloomberg. Apple’s wildly popular iPhone device took the top spot for 2011 with sales of 2.85 million devices in Canada, easily beating BlackBerry sales that totaled 2.08 million. It marks the first time that…

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Home Sales Rise

Home Sales RiseCanadian home sales climbed in February after a soft January and price gains picked up speed, confirming the country’s housing market remains buoyant and a potential concern for bubble-wary policymakers. February existing home sales in Canada grew by 1.4% from a month earlier, Canadian Real Estate Association data showed on Thursday. Sales had fallen 4.5% in January from December. The industry group said sales were up 8.6% from a year…

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Are you PHSP-ing?

Are you PHSP-ing?Fiona Law looked at a raft of traditional group insurance plans while looking to provide health and dental benefits for her staff at Calgary-based CompuTouch. Her business, which uses technology to support interactive meetings and conferences, has just three full-time employees. So she wanted something that was easy to set up and understand, a plan that would cover a wide range of medical expenses and offered the firm certainty of…

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Canadian Economic Growth Slows to Crawl

Canadian Economic Growth Slows to CrawlThe growth rate of the Canadian economy slowed to a crawl in the fourth quarter of 2011, Statistics Canada reported Friday. At an annual rate, real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.8 per cent in the fourth quarter, after a 4.2 per cent increase in the third quarter. The actual growth in the quarter was 0.4 per cent, compared with one per cent in the third quarter, the agency said. …

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