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August 2018

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.

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August 2018

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.

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July 2018

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.

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July 2018

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.

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June 2018

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?

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June 2018

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.

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June 2018

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?

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June 2018

Foodservice Canada
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.

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May 2018

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?

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May 2018

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.

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April 2018

Digital Disruption in Foodservice is Just Getting Started

Restaurant visits in Canada paid by mobile apps increased by 50 per cent in 2017

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April 2018

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.

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April 2018

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.

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April 2018

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.

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April 2018

Bright Spots in Canadian Foodservice: Delivery

Delivery is a positive force in an otherwise slow-to-no-growth Canadian foodservice market.

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March 2018

Bright Spots in Canadian Foodservice: Digital Ordering

In Canada’s foodservice market, overall traffic plodded along with 1% growth in 2017 compared to 2016.

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March 2018

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.

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March 2018

Foodservice Canada
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Fourth Quarter 2017

Average cheque drives Canadian foodservice

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March 2018

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.

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March 2018

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.

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March 2018

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.

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March 2018

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.

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March 2018

Canada Beauty Top 3

Women’s fragrances had a very important month in December – sales reached $88M! Which brands topped the list?

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March 2018

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?

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February 2018

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.

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February 2018

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.

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December 2017

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?

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December 2017

2018 Canada Foodservice Outlook

Another Year Has Come and Gone

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December 2017

Foodservice Canada
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Third Quarter 2017

Consumers cautiously return to foodservice

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December 2017

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.

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December 2017

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.

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November 2017

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.

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November 2017

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.

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October 2017

How one manufacturer boosted pickle sales with Market Mapping

How one manufacturer boosted pickle sales with Market Mapping

How one manufacturer boosted pickle sales with Market Mapping



October 2017

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.

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October 2017

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.

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October 2017

Catching Feels

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.

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October 2017

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!

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September 2017

Foodservice Canada
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Second Quarter 2017

Afternoon snack drives traffic in Canadian foodservice

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August 2017

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.

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July 2017

Coffee-to-Go Goes Global

Coffee-to-go is becoming more popular around the world as international foodservice chains adapt to consumers’ hectic lifestyles.

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June 2017

Foodservice Canada
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, First Quarter 2017

First Quarter 2017 – Consumer spending at foodservice outlets rose, average eater cheque fell.

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June 2017

3 Reasons Fast Casual is Winning in Canada

Fast casual has been among Canada’s winning segments in driving sales in the past year.

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June 2017

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.

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June 2017

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.

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June 2017

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 . . .

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June 2017

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.

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May 2017

Global Insights
See What’s Selling Across Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas

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May 2017

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.

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April 2017

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.

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April 2017

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.

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April 2017

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.

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March 2017

Large Format Commercial Display Growth in Canada

Large format commercial display revinue grew +71% in Q4 2016 vs. same period in 2015.

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March 2017

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. ...

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March 2017

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?

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March 2017

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?

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March 2017

Foodservice Canada
Out-of-Home Eating Trends, Fourth Quarter 2016

Visits rebound and average eater cheque dips at Canadian foodservice outlets

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February 2017

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.

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January 2017

Canada Technology: Not All Canadian Cities Are Created Equal

Canada Technology: Not All Canadian Cities Are Created Equal

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January 2017

Hidden treasures in new markets: Canada Technology

How different is the Canadian Technology market from the U.S.?

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January 2017

3 Unexpected Insights about Canada Toys

Gotta Collect ‘em All! Get a sneak peek at what happened in Toys in 2016.

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January 2017

Canada Technology: Tablet growth in the commercial market

Half of tablet revenue in Canada’s distribution market is in non-retail channels.

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January 2017

More Traffic With Online Delivery/Pick-Up

Online purchases represent $1.2 billion and 106 million occasions in Canadian foodservice.

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December 2016

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.

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December 2016

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.

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December 2016

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.

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December 2016

Foodservice Canada:
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.

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December 2016

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.

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December 2016

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.

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November 2016

Canada Technology: Notebooks continue on their growth path

Notebooks grew 18% over the same period last year. Learn more in this free infographic.

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November 2016

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.

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November 2016

Toys Top 5: What Sets Canada’s Toy Industry Apart

Discover five critical differences in the Canadian toy market compared to the U.S.

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September 2016

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.

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September 2016

Canada Foodservice: Four Winners in a Challenged Market

We’ve identified four key traffic drivers you should watch closely.

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September 2016

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.

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September 2016

See It From All Angles

How a retailer uses data to determine what should go on its endcap.

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September 2016

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.

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September 2016

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.

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August 2016

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.

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July 2016

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.

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July 2016

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.

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July 2016

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.

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June 2016

Kids’ Share of Time and Wallet in Canada

How and where do kids spend their time and parents' money? Explore our latest insights.

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June 2016

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.

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June 2016

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?

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May 2016

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.

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May 2016

Canada Fashion Top 3 List – Female Millennials

Find out what the Top 3 Growing Apparel and Footwear categories are for female Millennials in Canada.

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May 2016

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.

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May 2016

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?

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April 2016

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.

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April 2016

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.

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April 2016

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.

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April 2016

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.

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March 2016

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.

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February 2016

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

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January 2016

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?

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September 2015

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?

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July 2015

Experiential Purchasing and the New Retail in Canada

What it means when consumers want to do something, not just buy something

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June 2015

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?

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April 2015

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.

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January 2015

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.

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October 2014

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:

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September 2014

Winning in Today’s Retail Environment: Let Us Tell Your Sales Story

Over the past two years Canadian apparel sales have remained fairly flat.

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September 2014

Cool Drinks, Hot Devices: Canada's Beverage Maker Market

Cool Drinks, Hot Devices: Canada's Beverage Maker Market

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May 2014

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.

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January 2014

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!

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