Bosses trump wives

    Wal-Mart Canada online poll reveals Canadians still need gifts for
    significant others

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - With just a few days until Christmas,
many Canadians are waiting until the last minute to buy gifts for the people
on their list. A recent online poll at asked Canadians, "Who did
you still need to buy for?" Significant others topped the list followed by
parents, children, friends and siblings. Only five percent indicated they
still need to shop for their boss.
    With more than 1,000 respondents, the poll showed shoppers are
waiting until the last minute for some special people (results reflect data
gathered between December 12 and 20):

    Who do Canadians still need to buy for?
    Significant others: 26%
    Friends: 21%
    Children: 20%
    Parents: 19%
    Siblings: 8%
    Bosses: 5%

    "We can't explain why Canadians wait until the last minute to do their
Christmas shopping, but recent years tell us this is a growing trend," said
Sylvain Prud'homme, Wal-Mart Canada's senior vice president of operations.
"Our 24-hour stores allow customers to shop with us when they decide they're
finally ready - even if it means this Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m."
    To take the stress and guesswork out of last minute Christmas shopping,
Wal-Mart Canada is keeping 190 locations across the country open around the
clock until Christmas Eve.
    To help last-minute shoppers, the company polled its merchandise buyers
and reviewed sales data to determine the best selling items and trends for
Christmas 2007, including the following:

    - Electronic gadgets: MP3 player and digital picture frame
    - Entertainment-themed items: iPod CD karaoke, flat panel TVs, and The
      Simpsons Movie DVD.
    - Green gifts: bamboo socks, Eagles Long Road to Eden CD and other
      sustainable stocking stuffers.
    - Grey apparel: shirts, sweaters, and trousers.
    - Wal-Mart gift cards.

    According to a recent survey conducted by Maritz Research, Canadians list
Wal-Mart as their top holiday shopping destination (68 per cent), with plans
to spend an average of $724 on gifts.

    About Wal-Mart Canada

    Wal-Mart Canada serves more than one million Canadians each day in 292
stores and six Sam's Club outlets nationwide. With more than 70,000
associates, the company is one of the nation's largest employers. The retailer
also operates one of Canada's strongest community involvement programs focused
on supporting national and local charities in every region of the country.
    Customers can confirm local store participation at

For further information:

For further information: Felicia Fefer, Wal-Mart Canada, (905) 821-2111
ext. 4466

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