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Nov 24, 2014

Hudson’s Bay plans $1.25 billion debt refinancing, shares jump

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s Hudson’s Bay Co (HBC.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) outlined a $1.25 billion refinancing plan Monday, in a move to reduce interest payments on debt it took on after it bought U.S. rival Saks last year, sending its shares up more than 9 percent in midday trading.

The department store operator said it would take out a 20-year mortgage on the ground portion of its flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store in New York City after an appraiser valued the property at C$4.1 billion ($3.65 billion), significantly more than it paid to buy all of Saks.

Nov 12, 2014

Canada sees budget surplus despite tax cuts, low oil prices

TORONTO, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Canada will emerge from seven
years of budget deficits that followed the 2008 financial crisis
and show a C$1.9 billion ($1.7 billion) surplus next year,
despite lower oil prices and a package of previously announced
tax cuts.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver announced the projections on
Wednesday in the fall update of the February budget, as parties
stake out positions ahead of an election next October.

Nov 5, 2014

Tim Hortons profit tops estimates as customers spend more

TORONTO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Profit at Canadian coffee and
doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc, which is being bought
by Burger King Worldwide Inc, beat market estimates in
the third quarter as customers opted for the more expensive
items on the company’s menu.

Net income fell about 14 percent, however, mostly due to
costs related to U.S. fast-food chain Burger King’s C$12.64
billion ($11.06 billion) takeover deal, Tim Hortons said on

Nov 3, 2014

Bank of Canada shows concerns about downside risks

TORONTO, Nov 3 (Reuters) – The gloom that seems to surround
central bankers stems from the fact that risks associated with a
new downturn in the economy and inflation are less easy to
handle than surprises on the upside, Bank of Canada Governor
Stephen Poloz said on Monday.

The Bank of Canada regards the risks to achieving its 2
percent inflation target as being balanced, Poloz said, but he
added: “We acknowledge that, in the current situation, the
consequences of an upside risk would be more manageable than
those associated with a downside risk.

Oct 28, 2014

Lululemon founder’s family bets on casual luxury with new retail venture

TORONTO/VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Sewing machines hum inside a spacious clothing boutique where the wife and son of Lululemon Athletica Inc’s (LULU.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) founder hope to capture the retail magic that turned the yogawear maker into a stock market darling.

Meet Kit and Ace, the brainchild of billionaire Chip Wilson’s wife, former Lululemon lead designer Shannon Wilson, who started the new streetwear venture with his son J.J.

Oct 22, 2014

C$ marginally softer after swings on retail sales, BoC

TORONTO, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar finished the
session slightly weaker against its U.S. counterpart on
Wednesday, as investors digested unexpectedly weak August retail
sales and the Bank of Canada’s statement.

The currency had touched the session’s weakest level after
retail sales, weighed down by lower gasoline prices and weaker
sales of new cars and food, unexpectedly fell 0.3 percent.

Oct 15, 2014

Winter jacket maker Canada Goose expects double-digit growth: CEO

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada Goose Inc, a maker of luxury winter down jackets, expects double-digit sales growth going forward and is forecasting revenue this year to be well over C$200 million ($176.76 million), its chief executive officer said on Wednesday.

The Toronto-based manufacturer, which started in a small warehouse in 1957, has grown to about 1,000 workers and is known for its high-end coats, now sold in more than 50 countries.

Oct 6, 2014

Air Canada reaches tentative 10-year deal with its pilots

TORONTO, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Air Canada has reached a
tentative agreement on a new 10-year contract with its pilots’
union, 1-1/2 years ahead of the expiration of the current
contract at Canada’s largest airline.

The Montreal-based carrier said on Monday the new deal,
which is subject to ratification by about 3,000 pilots, will
allow it to accelerate its growth plans. Air Canada has been
pushing expansion of its international flights and of Rouge, its
low-cost vacation carrier.

Oct 1, 2014

A Minute With: Max Irons on class divide, all-male banter

TORONTO (Reuters) – Max Irons may come from an illustrious acting family and has already had a taste of Hollywood, but he is very conscious of the empty and fleeting nature of fame and fortune.

That awareness helped the British actor with his gritty role in new film “The Riot Club,” out now in UK theaters. The film explores the violent excesses of an elite university society, inspired in part by Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club.

Sep 26, 2014

Sears Canada CEO resigns, parent company shares keep sliding

TORONTO/CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The turnaround
specialist who had signed on to run Sears Holdings Corp’s
Canadian business is resigning for personal reasons,
the struggling U.S. retailer said on Thursday, the same day a
major shareholder said it was no longer interested in
contributing to a loan.

Chief Executive Officer Douglas Campbell will resign by the
end of 2014 to tend to family matters, said Sears Canada, which
is majority owned by Sears Holdings. Campbell had taken the helm
of the unit just a year earlier.

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