Wal-Mart Canada sees Canadian flags flying off shelves



    Retailer sees sales of patriotic emblems spike this year

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 27 /CNW/ - With the most anticipated long weekend
of the year quickly approaching, Wal-Mart stores coast-to-coast are getting
set for Canada Day shoppers. Sales data suggests Canadian pride may have
reached new levels as Canadian flags are flying off shelves at a record pace
and sales of patriotic emblems - from car flags, to apparel, to camp chairs -
are higher than past years.
    "Canada Day is about celebrating the holiday while spending time with
family and friends. From food to flags to folding arm chairs, Wal-Mart makes
it easy to stock up on Canada Day gear with plenty of time left over for
outdoor activities," said Alan Blundell, divisional merchandise manager,
sporting goods.
    An online poll at www.walmart.ca revealed the majority of Canadians will
be spending the long weekend outdoors partaking in the following activities:
camping (24%), swimming (14%), fishing (4%), sunbathing (14%) and barbecuing
(44%). For Canada Day festivities, Wal-Mart has identified these must-have
items:

    
    For the campers:
      -  2-burner camp stove - $33.64
      -  Tent combo - $89.77
      -  Queen airbed with double quick pump - $24.77
      -  48 qt. cooler - $21.77

    For the swimmers:
      -  Swimwear for the whole family (assorted styles and colours) - $4.50
         and up
      -  AquaShot underwater digital camera - $24.68
      -  Personal flotation device (available in infant to adult sizes) -
         $18.96 and up

    For the fishers:
      -  6" Fillet knife with lure - $19.46
      -  Soft sided tackle box - $11.97
      -  6'6" Sigma graphite rod and reel combo - $29.96
      -  Canada flag folding arm chair - $9.77

    For the sunbathers:
      -  Beach towels 34" x 63" - $7.88
      -  Apple 1 GB iPod shuffle clip - $84.83
      -  Coppertone sunscreen - $8.97

    For the barbecuers:
      -  Charleston liquid propane barbecue grill - $197.86
      -  8-Piece stainless steel steak knife set - $19.97
      -  Kraft barbecue sauces - $1.27 each
    

    Wal-Mart store hours through the Canada Day weekend will vary from market
to market based on local by-laws and shopping habits. Customers are advised to
check with their local Wal-Mart store for details.

    About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
    ----------------------------
    Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates a growing network of 290 outlets nationwide. In recent years
more than 100 Canadian communities have lobbied or petitioned to have a
Wal-Mart built in their towns. The company employs more than 70,000 Canadians
and has been consistently ranked one of Canada's best employers by
international human-resources firm Hewitt Associates and Report on Business
Magazine.




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