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Apr 17, 2014

Lululemon CEO looks beyond yoga wear for growth

TORONTO, April 17 (Reuters) – Lululemon Athletica Inc
, best known for its trendy yoga wear, hopes to drive
growth in coming years by expanding its range of fitness-related
apparel and accelerating international plans, its newly
appointed chief executive said on Thursday.

Laurent Potdevin, who was recruited to revive the company’s
fortunes after an embarrassing recall and supply chain issues
last year raised questions about growth prospects, made the
comments in Vancouver at the retailer’s analyst day.

Apr 9, 2014

Retailer Dollarama’s quarterly profit tops estimates

April 9 (Reuters) – Canada’s Dollarama Inc reported
a higher-than-expected rise in quarterly earnings on Wednesday
even though it had warned earlier this year that temporary store
closures from an ice storm had hurt results in December.

The Montreal-based discount retailer, whose shares jumped
more than 7 percent, also raised its quarterly dividend.

Mar 31, 2014

Canada’s Toyota workers poised to vote on joining union

TORONTO (Reuters) – Workers at Toyota Motor Corp’s (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Canadian plants are set to vote next week on whether to become the first at wholly owned Toyota facilities in North America to unionize, a push Canada’s biggest private-sector union is confident will succeed.

A “yes” vote would mark a major victory for the union, Unifor, which has more than 300,000 members, including more than 39,000 in the auto industry, even though previous attempts to organize Toyota’s Canadian plants failed.

Mar 31, 2014

Toyota workers in Canada to vote on joining union

TORONTO, March 31 (Reuters) – Workers at Toyota Motor Corp’s
Canadian manufacturing plants are set to vote
next week on whether to become the first at Toyota operations in
North America to unionize.

Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, said on
Monday it has filed with the Ontario labor board to hold a union
certification vote at the three Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Canada Inc assembly plants, which are located in Cambridge and
Woodstock, Ontario.

Mar 27, 2014

Lululemon CEO sets sights on accelerating growth; shares surge

TORONTO (Reuters) – Lululemon Athletica Inc’s (LULU.O: Quote, Profile, Research) new chief executive pledged on Thursday to speed up the yogawear retailer’s global expansion while avoiding missteps like last year’s embarrassing recall of its trademark yoga pants, helping boost its once high-flying stock.

Investors, reassured by comments made during a conference call and more optimistic about Lululemon’s long-term prospects, pushed its shares up as much as 10 percent on Thursday. The stock ended 6.2 percent higher at $51.20 on the Nasdaq.

Mar 27, 2014

Yogawear maker Lululemon sees profit, revs below estimates

TORONTO, March 27 (Reuters) – Lululemon Athletica Inc
forecast lower-than-expected first-quarter results on
Thursday, the latest setback for the Canadian yogawear retailer
hit last year by a product recall.

The retailer also posted a quarterly profit that was almost
unchanged from a year earlier. Shares fell 3.5 percent to $46.50
in premarket trading.

Mar 26, 2014

Bombardier delays first Learjet 85 flight due to systems glitch

TORONTO, March 26 (Reuters) – Bombardier will
delay the first test flight of its Learjet 85 business jet after
discovering a systems problem that requires a software update,
the Canadian company said on Wednesday in the latest setback for
its aircraft development program.

A company spokeswoman declined to provide a new timetable
for the Learjet’s maiden flight, and would not offer details on
the nature or seriousness of the problem.

Mar 22, 2014

CN Rail offers new talks with union; Ottawa urges arbitration

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) – Canadian National Railway Co
said on Friday that it was prepared to meet one last
time with the union representing its conductors, yard workers,
and traffic coordinators, if the union agreed to a binding
arbitration should talks fail.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC-CTY), which
represents about 3,000 CN Rail workers, had no immediate comment
on the offer, but said it would discuss the proposal with local
representatives and respond on Saturday.

Mar 21, 2014

CN Rail union mulls strike; Ottawa urges arbitration

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) – Leaders of the union
representing 3,000 conductors, yard workers, and traffic
coordinators at Canadian National Railway Co will meet
on Friday to decide whether to strike or take other action after
union members narrowly rejected a second tentative contract deal
with Canada’s biggest railway.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said in a statement
that it still has a valid strike mandate and added that its
leaders will meet with counsel to decide on its next move.

Mar 21, 2014

Canada’s CN Rail workers vote down second labor agreement

TORONTO, March 20 (Reuters) – Railway staff of Canadian
National Railway Co (CN Rail) have narrowly voted
against a strike-busting labor agreement tentatively agreed upon
by the company and workers’ union.

Canada’s biggest railroad and the Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference – Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY)
regularly negotiate pay, hours and other provisions but a
three-year proposal in October drew threats of a strike earlier
this year.

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