Attentive observer of the economic progress of Montreal, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal launches the On-line Trend Chart

    MONTREAL, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal is proud to announce today's official launch of its new information
and economic-analysis tool - the On-line Trend Chart. This new Web site will
enable Montrealers to monitor the progress of the metropolis with the help of
the principal economic indicators, comparative data, and interactive graphs,
all regularly updated.
    "To meet the needs of the business community in an accessible,
user-friendly way, the Board of Trade has developed a new electronic tool
providing the most up-to-date possible information concerning numerous
economic indicators. With just a few clicks of the mouse, Web surfers can
access the latest data concerning the gross domestic product, the labour
market, the construction industry, the real estate market, consumer purchasing
power, and many others," explained Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
    "Our goal is to offer a site presenting an economic profile of the
greater metropolitan area to support business people in their thinking and
decision making. The data assembled in the On-line Trend Chart is presented in
a straightforward, easily accessible manner and accompanied by ad hoc analyses
of the changing economic context. This new tool thus complements the printed
version of the Trend Chart which, in the fall, presents the growth prospects
for the following year and, in spring, summarizes the results observed the
previous year," added Hudon.
    The On-line Trend Chart has been developed with the support of its
principal partner, Canada Economic Development, in association with Quebec's
Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions.
    "From now on, enterprises in the Greater Montréal area will have a new
support tool to help them take their place as major players in economic
development. Canada's new government is extremely proud to support the Board
of Trade's efforts to strengthen its reputation as an economic watchdog and
commentator," stated the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour
and Minister of Canada Economic Development.
    "I am indeed pleased about the creation of a new tool that facilitates
the consultation of economic data on the Greater Montréal area and also makes
it possible to monitor day-to-day events in this field. I hope that the
On-line Trend Chart will help to foster reflection and initiatives favourable
to Greater Montréal's development," Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
Nathalie Normandeau noted.
    The Board of Trade invites you to visit the new Web site regularly
( to review the most recent economic updates for
the metropolis.

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater
Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants and businesses of all sizes
with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full
potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board
of Trade is the largest private organization in Quebec dedicated to economic

For further information:

For further information: Sylvie Paquette Coordinator, Media relations, 
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4015,

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