December 11th, 2008
Stats Can and media reported that September's retail sales gains exceeded expectations. This surprises me. They were exactly where they should have been.
First, the Lehman collapse did not occur til the second half of the month. Furthermore, Gasoline prices were declining and the comparative August 2008 sales were low (a harbinger perhaps). September was exactly where it should have been.
July 17th, 2008
The rumoured purchase of the Hudson Bay Company by NRDC Equity Partners became reality today.
May 8th, 2008
On April 14th, sports clothing retailer West 49 announced “it anticipates a $3.5 million, non-cash write-down of goodwill associated with its Off The Wall banner in the fourth quarter for the fiscal year ended January 26, 2008.”
February 13th, 2008
The cocktail discussions at the recent ICSC Whister Conference on retail real estate frequiently turned to the topic of 'green' malls and retail development.
February 3rd, 2008
Some comments by David appear in "Storefront Survival", by Alison Appelbe, BC Business Magazine, January 2008.
(Note, this will take you out of this site with a pop-up).
February 2nd, 2008
“Wiarton Willie, Canada's most famous weather prognosticating rodent, failed to see his shadow when roused from his slumber Saturday morning in the small southern Ontario community.
“An early spring is also the prediction of Canada's other famous groundhog, Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam. He emerged from his burrow at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and failed to see his shadow.
January 29th, 2008
This week I had the privilege of moderating the Retailer Podium at the always tremendous ICSC Whistler Conference. Working with a line-up of ten outstanding retail executives and on the heels of a keynote by ex-Canucks' GM Brian Burke, a full house was assured.
January 29th, 2008
“After testing and tweaking, David Ian Gray, Principal of DIG360 Consulting Ltd. officially launched the new business and the DIG360 website on January 29th, 2008.
January 10th, 2008
On the heels of a very disappointing end to 2007 for retailers in the US, Canadian retailers are reporting mixed results from the past Holiday season.