Athletic Footwear Quickens Its Pace in Canada’s Urban Areas
Competing in the hot-and-getting-hotter Canadian athletic and outdoor markets makes it necessary to understand the purchase behaviour of every kind of consumer, from core athletes to those who are barely active. Get to know the sports consumer segments in Canada.
Small Appliances — Black Friday Beats Boxing Week!
Now there's a way to watch the results of your holiday sales efforts, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday to Boxing Day and beyond. Our weekly data lets you zoom in on Canadian small appliances industry performance to gauge the impact of marketing campaigns during key selling weeks throughout the year.
Unboxing Meal Kit Delivery Services in Canada
The meal-kit business is among the fastest-growing food segments in the Canadian marketplace. Services like Chefs Plate, Goodfood, and HelloFresh offer hectic households another option for solving the nightly dinner dilemma.
4 Insights to Keep an Eye on in Canadian Fashion
Over the past year, Canada has been hit with yet another string of bankruptcies and store closures. In order to grow in this highly competitive market, you need to be smart about where you place your bets. Inform your strategies with consumer insights and start making decisions with data-driven confidence.
Canada Beauty Top 3
Skincare is the fastest-growing category in Canadian prestige beauty year-to-date. Do you know which 3 skin creams were the top sellers this past year?
Feeding Canada’s Hungry Millennials, In Home and Away
When it comes to out-of-home eating behavior and how they shop, Millennials are worth watching.
Keeping Connected with Networking Devices
It’s the second largest category by revenue in Canada’s commercial technology market. Do you know where the growth is coming from?
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, First Quarter 2018
Canadians once again spent more at foodservice in Q1 2018, marking more than a year of increases, due alternately to traffic and to average eater cheque.
State of the Apparel & Footwear Industry
2017 was the first year that Canadian apparel and footwear sales saw a decline. How is the marketing shaping up in 2018 so far?
New Realities of Full Service Restaurants in Canada
The full service restaurant (FSR) segment in Canada has been challenged by declining visits for a several years as competitive pressures have been increasing from all segments of the marketplace.
Digital Disruption in Foodservice is Just Getting Started
Restaurant visits in Canada paid by mobile apps increased by 50 per cent in 2017
Online Growth in Canada's Sports Apparel and Footwear Market
There’s no question that e-commerce is a strong driving force across many industries in Canada. This includes the athletic apparel and footwear industries, where the online channel has grown by double digits. And when we look deeper at how online is growing for both markets, we see some notable differences.
Digital Delivery Around the World
Over the past couple of years in the 13 global foodservice markets NPD tracks, digital delivery has been one business area growing steadily in every country.
Welcome to the neighborhood Nordstrom Rack
It’s been quite some time since Nordstrom announced that they were going to be opening their first Nordstrom Rack store in Canada; and since then, there has been significant buzz around when this was going to happen.
Bright Spots in Canadian Foodservice: Delivery
Delivery is a positive force in an otherwise slow-to-no-growth Canadian foodservice market.
Bright Spots in Canadian Foodservice: Digital Ordering
In Canada’s foodservice market, overall traffic plodded along with 1% growth in 2017 compared to 2016.
Global Toy Industry Opportunities Amid Toys“R”Us Closure
The toy industry is reeling from the news of the Toys"R"Us closure, but this might be good news for some. Global toys expert Frédérique Tutt looks at which European players could benefit during this industry disruption.
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Fourth Quarter 2017
Average cheque drives Canadian foodservice
Canada Apparel and Basics – 2017 Year End Highlights
Canada’s apparel and basics market slipped a bit in 2017 (-2% from 2016), but there were some bright spots. See 2017 year-end highlights and find out which categories outpaced the rest.
Canada Technology Distribution: Q4 2017 Update
Overall, the Canadian economy had a good year. Economic indicators are pointing in the right direction, and Statistics Canada is reporting low unemployment at 5.7 percent and high GDP growth.
Unboxing Meal Kit Delivery Services
For decades, Canadians have grappled with the classic question, “What’s for dinner?” Traditionally, the answer to that question fell into one of two categories: stay in or eat out.
A Deeper Look into Canadian Holiday Tech Sales
While spending on consumer technology products during the six-week holiday season in 2017 showed modest growth of 1%, the real story was the continued shift away from Boxing Week and toward the Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotional periods.
Canada Beauty Top 3
Women’s fragrances had a very important month in December – sales reached $88M! Which brands topped the list?
Toy Sales Around the Globe 2017 Results
Global toy sales were up 1% in 2017, and the industry grew to $47 billion. What's the picture by country?
Not All Canadian Cities Are Created Equal
Which Canadian cities hold the most promise for your brand? Our city-level data shows how sales and trends differ across Canada.
Ontario Restaurants Face the Reality of Minimum-Wage Increases
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, you’re likely well aware of Ontario’s recent minimum wage hike and its effect on business owners (especially restaurateurs) across the province.
Canada Beauty Top 3
Liquid lipstick is one of Canada’s fastest-growing beauty products this year – sales have doubled and show no signs of slowing. Which brands dominate?
2018 Canada Foodservice Outlook
Another Year Has Come and Gone
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Third Quarter 2017
Consumers cautiously return to foodservice
Dig into Canadian Consumers’ Online Shopping Behaviour
It’s clear e-commerce is becoming increasingly important in the fashion industry. But how much are Canadians spending on apparel online? And how much of it is happening on mobile devices? What is social media’s role? We’ve got the answers.
Canada Technology Distribution: Q3 2017 Update
The weather has started to cool down, but the Canadian IT hardware distribution market as tracked by NPD showed no sign of cooling down — September marked the end of the third quarter with +8 percent revenue growth.
The Power of Consumer Segmentation
Winning in Canada’s athletic and outdoor markets means you need to know all of your consumer segments – from core athletes to those who are barely active.
Unwrap City-Level Gift Trends for the Holidays
From Black Friday and Cyber Monday right into the New Year, fourth-quarter sales can make or break your entire year. With city-level data and insights, you can identify which Canadian cities hold the greatest opportunity for growth.
How one manufacturer boosted pickle sales with Market Mapping
How one manufacturer boosted pickle sales with Market Mapping
The Evolution of E-commerce in Canada
Our latest data reveals that while the digital space continues to grow, the brick-and-mortar channel still plays an important role. Shopping on social media is also evolving. Here’s a quick look at the insights in our just-released E-commerce Channel Report – Canada, 7th Edition.
Canadian Fashion Intel - Tamara’s Top 3, Fall Edition
Our data and industry insights reveal the latest on children's school fashion and the motivations behind Millennials' fall fashion footwear purchases.
Consumers can be tricky to keep engaged these days. Attention spans are decreasing, brand loyalties are waning, and there is an expectation of instant gratification. Shopping for beauty has become experiential, and first impressions are made when consumers touch and feel the products in store. Find out how new and different textures for products have consumers feeling excited and falling in love with every purchase.
Canada Toys Snapshot: Summer Blockbusters 2017
The Canadian toy industry declined in May. It was due in part to the outdoor & sport toys category; with lower-than-average spring temperatures, sales faltered, but jumped right back up in June and July with the release of some big summer blockbuster movies. Find out which four blockbuster hits fuelled the Canadian toy industry and see their sales performance for every week of the 2017 summer season!
Foodservice Canada Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Second Quarter 2017
Afternoon snack drives traffic in Canadian foodservice
From Working Out to Working It —It’s All In The Bag
An active lifestyle is the new norm, and consumers need to go from barre to bar with ease. With this movement, Canadian consumers are seeking beauty products that can hold up to the rigours of their active lives—including a workout—to look and feel good before, during, and after working out. Discover which beauty products experienced a surge in sales growth vs. last year as a result of this on-the-go lifestyle.
Coffee-to-Go Goes Global
Coffee-to-go is becoming more popular around the world as international foodservice chains adapt to consumers’ hectic lifestyles.
Foodservice Canada Out-of-Home Eating Trends, First Quarter 2017
First Quarter 2017 – Consumer spending at foodservice outlets rose, average eater cheque fell.
3 Reasons Fast Casual is Winning in Canada
Fast casual has been among Canada’s winning segments in driving sales in the past year.
Canadian Fashion Intel - Tamara’s Top 3: In-store vs. Online
The retail landscape is shifting. As more and more store closures take place and e-commerce becomes even more prevalent, Millennials remain in the center of this change. Did you know Millennials behave differently when purchasing in-store vs. online? Not only do their spending habits differ between the two channels, but the fashion categories they purchase online and in-store differ, too. Our data and industry insights reveal the top three growing categories purchased in-store and online among Millennials in Canada. Understanding these key differences is critical when formulating your strategies to target this important demographic.
A Deeper Look at the Active Consumer
As summer approaches and Canadians break out of hibernation, there is a surge in spending on sports, and athleisure goes to the back of the closet.
Notebook Growth in Canada
This year, notebook revenue has grown +14%, and units are up +16%. Here’s a look at what we’re watching . . .
2017 Canadian Foodservice Summit: Summary Insights
Know to Grow, the second annual Canadian Foodservice Summit, took place at the Toronto Reference Library on May 9, 2017. Nearly 200 people att ended the all-day event, presented by The NPD Group in partnership with Foodservice and Hospitality magazine.
See What’s Selling Across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas
Canada Technology Distribution: Q1 2017 Update
The month of March in Canada marks the fiscal year-end for the government. Though the purchasing cycle by the government has been more stabilized there still exists that end-of-the-year buying rush that keeps distributors and commercial resellers busy during this period.
Breakfast Patterns in Canada: In and Out of Home
It’s clear Canadians’ food and beverage consumption habits are changing at breakfast. Our data shows more people are eating on the go, but they’re also spending less time enjoying it. Here’s a quick look at the latest on breakfast from our just-released Report on Eating Patterns in Canada, developed in partnership with Nielsen.
Discover a new view of your toys’ performance in Canada
The largest and most strategic toy clients around the world rely on our experts to empower them with the knowledge and confidence to make the right decisions. And they’ve found an all-new way to tell the true story of performance for their products. It's Store-Level Enabled retail tracking.
Me, My Scent, and I: Beauty Brands Get Personal
Niche and nimble beauty brands that are getting personal with consumers are driving growth in Canada. In fact, artistry and alternative makeup brands grew faster than the total makeup market (3-8 pts) in 2016. And personalization doesn’t stop at makeup. See what we’re seeing in fragrance, too.
Large Format Commercial Display Growth in Canada
Large format commercial display revinue grew +71% in Q4 2016 vs. same period in 2015.
Canadian Fashion Intel - Tamara’s Top 3, Spring Edition
Do you know the springtime trends consumers will fall for? Our data and industry insights reveal three emerging – and already very hot – trends to watch in Canada's apparel and footwear market. They could make all the difference to your performance this spring. In addition to looking ahead to next season's news-makers, there's also value in looking back. ...
QSR Growth in Canada
QSR is among Canada’s winning segments when it comes to driving sales in the past year. With both traffic and dollars up, what can we learn from them?
Sports Apparel and Footwear for the Win!
Which categories, age groups, and regions drove growth in Canada's hot-and-getting-hotter sports apparel and footwear market in 2016?
Foodservice Canada Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Fourth Quarter 2016
Visits rebound and average eater cheque dips at Canadian foodservice outlets
What's Behind Prestige Beauty's Success in Canada?
Canada is one of the world's largest prestige beauty markets. Explore the changing roles of brands, the impact of launches, and trends worth watching.
Canada Technology: Not All Canadian Cities Are Created Equal
Canada Technology: Not All Canadian Cities Are Created Equal
Hidden treasures in new markets: Canada Technology
How different is the Canadian Technology market from the U.S.?
3 Unexpected Insights about Canada Toys
Gotta Collect ‘em All! Get a sneak peek at what happened in Toys in 2016.
Canada Technology: Tablet growth in the commercial market
Half of tablet revenue in Canada’s distribution market is in non-retail channels.
More Traffic With Online Delivery/Pick-Up
Online purchases represent $1.2 billion and 106 million occasions in Canadian foodservice.
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like #sweaterweather
Pumpkin spice lattes and #sweaterweather would normally mark the beginning of fall. October 31st would roll around and temperatures would drop. Frost would begin to form on the car doors and our senses would demand mint cocoa, scarves, and cocoon coats. As humans we lead with our sense to see, to feel and to experience.
Canadian Fashion Intel - Tamara’s Top 3, Holiday Edition
The holidays are fast approaching, and we know this is a highly promotional selling period for the industry. Understand what fashion gifts are being purchased at regular price vs. on sale so you can refine your promotional plans and strategies.
Look Back, Look Ahead: Activewear Categories To Watch This Holiday
Get a handle on what's ahead for activewear categories this holiday in Canada as we take a look at last year's success stories.
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Third Quarter 2016
Weak traffic continues to hamper the Canadian foodservice industry in the third quarter, but both spend and visits are up. Read our latest insights to find out more.
Holidays Ahead – What’s Worth Watching in Canadian Beauty
Leading up to the busiest retail season, we've taken a look at trends worth watching. Find out which beauty products may be the big stories in Canada this holiday season.
Unwrapping Canada’s Holiday Gift Trends City by City
The busiest and most important retail season is right around the corner. Here’s a look at categories shaping up to be big holiday winners in Canada and the cities where they’re expected to do best.
Canada Technology: Notebooks continue on their growth path
Notebooks grew 18% over the same period last year. Learn more in this free infographic.
Bright Spot: Leading QSRs Win On-Premise Traffic in Canada
Leading QSRs have found a promising bright spot in a challenging market: winning on-premise traffic. They’ve seen an increase of more than 150 million visits since 2012. Our data and insights tell the story.
Toys Top 5: What Sets Canada’s Toy Industry Apart
Discover five critical differences in the Canadian toy market compared to the U.S.
Know Online Shopping Behaviour Inside-Out
Exactly how much are Canadians shopping online? And how much of it is happening on mobile devices? What is social media’s role? Take a look at the latest insights.
Canada Foodservice: Four Winners in a Challenged Market
We’ve identified four key traffic drivers you should watch closely.
Your Time Out for Sports - Women’s Active Apparel On the Move
Women are showing that the comfort and versatility of active styles can take them anywhere. Find out what’s driving women’s athletic apparel. Get new industry insights.
See It From All Angles
How a retailer uses data to determine what should go on its endcap.
Canada Beauty Top 3 List – Facial Cleansers
Find out what the Top 3 prestige facial cleansers in Canada are. Check back every month or subscribe to see the latest Top 3 beauty performers.
Women’s Active Apparel Is On the Move
Active apparel is not just for workouts anymore. Women are showing that the comfort and versatility of active styles can take them anywhere. Here’s a look at our latest insights.
Canada Beauty Top 3 List – Fragrance Launches
Find out what the Top 3 fragrance launches in the first half of 2016 in Canada are. Check back every month or subscribe to see the latest Top 3 beauty performers.
Brand Loyalty in Canadian Fashion
Loyal consumers can be hard to come by. And they're very important to your success. For example, our latest consumer research on brand loyalty tells us a male aged 25 to 34 can spend 3 times more on an activewear brand he’s loyal to compared to a brand he’s not. Take a look at the latest insights.
Canada Beauty Top 3 List – Mascara Brands
Find out the top 3 prestige mascara brands in Canada. Check back every month or subscribe to see the latest Top 3 beauty performers.
It’s More Than Just a Little Black Dress
Find out what questions retailers ask to get the data-driven confidence to know what’s selling, who’s buying, and why.
Kids’ Share of Time and Wallet in Canada
How and where do kids spend their time and parents' money? Explore our latest insights.
Canada Fashion Top 3 List – Gen X Women
Find out what the Top 3 Growing Apparel and Footwear categories are for Gen X women in Canada.
Canada Beauty Top 3 List – Sunscreen Brands
Canadians are getting ready for the sun! Do you know what the Top 3 prestige sunscreen brands are in Canada?
Canadian Foodservice Summit: Your Feedback
Thank you again for joining us for the 2016 Canadian Foodservice Summit. We’re eager to hear your feedback. Please use the link below to access a quick survey which should require just a few moments of your time. Your input will be very useful as we plan future events.
Canada Fashion Top 3 List – Female Millennials
Find out what the Top 3 Growing Apparel and Footwear categories are for female Millennials in Canada.
Home Automation – It’s Heating Up In Canada
Home automation has become a hot topic in the technology world over the past several years. But it’s taking some time for Canadians to warm up to the new remote home management products. What can you do to push consumers from awareness to ownership? What will it take to make home automation go mainstream in Canada? Here’s a look at our latest insights.
Canada Beauty Top 3 List – Women’s Fragrance
Canadians love celebrating Mother’s Day with the gift of scent. Do you know what the Top 3 New Women’s Fragrances are in Canada?
Your Play Moment – Toying With the E-commerce World in Canada
Just how much does online shopping matter in the toys marketplace? Pinpoint performance of specific categories, brands, licenses, and more.
Rebuilding Lunchtime Traffic in Canada
Fast casual and home meal replacements are becoming even stronger forces in Canada’s foodservice landscape. And they’re not the only ones stealing share from QSR at lunchtime. Your lunch customers may have gone elsewhere, but maybe not for good! Our latest insights can help you understand what you need to do to get that traffic back.
5 Things You Should Know About Sports in Canada
Canada’s sports market is coming on strong. Consumers’ interest in a healthy lifestyle and their love for activewear styles have combined to create excitement and growth in a wide range of categories. Here’s a look at our latest insights.
Your Beauty Moment – Canada’s 2015 Beauty Boost
Fragrance, skincare, and makeup got a boost in 2015. What drove their growth? Get new industry insights.
Canada Beauty 2015 Year in Review
Canada’s prestige beauty industry celebrated 2015 with solid 12% growth, an increase of nearly $170 million, compared to 7% growth in the U.S. Here’s a snapshot of how fragrance, skincare, and makeup are growing and what’s driving these categories in Canada.
Canada Toys E-commerce
Everyone knows e-commerce is important and growing across Canada’s retail landscape. But just how much does online shopping matter in the toys and video games marketplace? Here’s a look at our latest insights
The Evolution of Play in Canada
Do you know how the Canadian toys industry is shifting? What is the adoption rate of consumer electronic devices, and what is their impact on the traditional toy market?
E-Commerce: A Small But Mighty Force in Retail
E-commerce is still a small piece of the retail sales pie, but the online channel has an increasing role on the path to purchase. Do you know how Canadians shop online today?
Experiential Purchasing and the New Retail in Canada
What it means when consumers want to do something, not just buy something
Fashion Brand Loyalty in Canada
We all know brand loyalty translates into consumer spending, but by how much? How important are loyal consumers to your success, and how does loyalty differ across key apparel and footwear categories in Canada?
Smart Homes in Canada
Home security. Lighting management. Temperature control. Over 80% of Canadian consumers are aware of home automation products, yet only 16% report owning one. That means there’s plenty of opportunity for ownership to catch up to awareness.
Full Service Restaurants in Canada: Bringing Customers Back to the Table
Visits to Canada’s full service restaurants declined 1 percent last year. That translates into millions of dollars in lost sales. Our analysts expect the slide to continue.
The Future of QSR in Canada
How will quick service restaurants in Canada evolve between now and the year 2020? See into the future with key takeaways from our forecast:
Winning in Today’s Retail Environment: Let Us Tell Your Sales Story
Over the past two years Canadian apparel sales have remained fairly flat.
Cool Drinks, Hot Devices: Canada's Beverage Maker Market
Cool Drinks, Hot Devices: Canada's Beverage Maker Market
Canada's Battle of the Screens
The NPD Group's Battle of the Screens study shows Canadians have more than nine media/entertainment devices in their households, and their usage of these devices is changing.
The Opportunity at Home Meal Replacement in Canada
We anticipate sales will stay flat in 2014, so your HMR program had better be sharp and innovative. It’s the way to win customers from restaurants!