Retail Need-A-Source?



    Source Available for Comment on 2007 Holiday Retail Trends and Outlook
    for 2008

    TORONTO, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - For reporters interested in discussing Canada's
retail and consumer markets during the holiday season, Willy Kruh, National
Partner for the Consumer Markets Industry practice is available for comment.

    
    Questions he can address:

    -   The impact of the Canadian dollar relative to the greenback on
        consumers and retailers, and the economic outlook for retailers in
        this 2007-08 holiday season.
    -   Is the dollar having an impact on the bottom line for manufacturers
        who are importing and/or exporting products? If so, what can they do
        to help offset this loss?
    -   Cross-border shopping - has it been on the rise during month of
        December and is it having a negative impact on Canadian retailers?
    -   On-line sales have been on the rise this year; does this mean fewer
        people are heading out to battle the crowds?
    -   What are retailers doing to boost on-line gift buying?
    -   Do consumers/retailers/banks have to be more diligent about credit
        card fraud at this time of year given the increase in transactions
        both in-store and on-line?
    -   With an increasingly competitive holiday season between department
        stores, discounters, and big box specialty retailers, which retail
        segment(s) will emerge as the top performer(s)?
    -   What promotional strategies are retailers employing to lure customers
        into their stores this holiday season?
    -   Retail gift cards have been popular in the past, but studies have
        indicated that often consumers fail to even use them, or they expire.
        Is this true and, if so, do consumers still continue to purchase them
        for the sake of convenience?
    -   What is the impact of Canada's growing ethnic population on retailers
        during the holiday season?
    

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For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Shilpa Kotecha, Media Relations,
KPMG in Canada, skotecha@kpmg.ca, (416) 777-8918


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