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Plunging Gas Prices Lower Inflation

A combination of Christmas sales and falling gasoline and food prices contributed to one of the biggest one-month drop in consumer prices in years in December, Statistics Canada said Friday. The 0.6 per cent overall decline in prices from November slashed the annual inflation rate by a similar amount to 2.3 per cent. The one-month […]

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Cross-Border Shopping to Rise

More Canadians plan cross-border shopping over the holiday season, according to a survey released Friday by the Bank of Montreal. The Bank’s survey found 18 per cent of those polled plan to shop in the United States this season, up five percentage points from last year. The peak American retail season begins on Nov. 25 […]

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Debt Worries May Put Damper on Holiday Buying

Feelings of financial insecurity could overwhelm the Christmas giving spirit, making Canadians less likely to splurge on holiday shopping this season, according to a survey released Tuesday by Deloitte Canada. With a growing number of respondents pessimistic about the economy and more people choosing to pay down their debts, holiday budgets could be squeezed. Only […]