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Dec 22 2011 - 12:28am

While holiday shopping sales in the United States continue to increase, some analysts warn that the bubble is likely to burst, and merchants would do well to prepare themselves for a significant tapering off of spending following the holidays. Many consumers break out the credit cards and...

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Dec 22 2011 - 12:28am

With the holiday season in full swing, many small businesses are dealing with the annual influx of shoppers. Whether merchants operate an e-commerce business or a brick-and-mortar store, accepting credit cards and accepting...

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Dec 22 2011 - 12:28am

As the holiday shopping season heats up, gift card sales are on the rise, according to CBC News. Gift cards have gained popularity for a number of reasons, including their convenience. Gift cards are often perceived as a more personal present than cash, while maintaining many of the same benefits. Many retailers...

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Dec 22 2011 - 12:28am

A major Canadian financial institution's survey recently polled 1,508 Canadians on their holiday shopping habits, coming to some interesting and useful conclusions for small businesses, according to CTV News. The study analyzed holiday shopping demographics and habits in households across Canada, and found that wintertime spending trends are evolving.

According to the study, female...

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Dec 21 2011 - 12:26pm

A motif of the holiday season around the world, the Salvation Army's kettle donation campaign has been active in Canada for over 100 years. Today, annual donations reach some 1.7 million people worldwide, according to the Langley Times, and the charity organization is working to increase participation and overall donations with...

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Dec 20 2011 - 12:17am

While many Canadians flock to shopping centres and online retailers this holiday season, recent statistics from Shopbot indicate that consumers are investing in non-traditional holiday gifts this year. According to the source, more Canadians are buying appliances this season. The e-commerce service notes that...

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Dec 20 2011 - 12:17am

According to a recent Interac release, debit card and credit card transactions in Canada increase significantly during the holiday season, a fact that many small businesses can take advantage of to improve their profits during...

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Dec 19 2011 - 12:16pm

As businesses across Canada enter the rush of the holiday season, recent research from NDP Group Canada indicates that understanding the advantages of seasonal marketing can have benefits for merchants across industries. Restaurants that market well and make payment processing convenient for guests stand to...

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Dec 19 2011 - 12:16pm

While the holiday season is a nearly sure-fire sign of retail sale increases, the Financial Post notes that retail sales in Canada have been steadily on the rise since this past summer. Statistics Canada research showed that sales in a number of markets drove the growth, which was double that of expert predictions.

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Dec 15 2011 - 11:01pm

As the holiday season heats up, one Canadian e-commerce company is combining charity with online shopping, providing consumers with a new kind of online marketplace. Shop and Share is a recently launched website that ties popular Canadian charities with holiday shopping promotions. E-commerce businesses...

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