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Retail Conditions Report

Each quarter, Retail Council of Canada surveys members from coast to coast to bring you the latest news on the retail industry's performance across Canada. The Retail Conditions Report provides members with valuable, real-time insight into consumer behaviour, best practices in retailing, trends and economic conditions.

Spring 2021

“The End Zone is in Sight, but the Goal Posts Keep Moving”

Deep frustration for retailers forced to continually react to week-to-week changes takes a toll on sales
performance, productivity, morale and patience.

The themes remain the same as we head into the second year of the COVID era and through the third wave.
Home improvement, outdoor and electronic retailers have never been busier and continue to chase inventory more than sales. The supply chain remains choked at every node, but now input cost inflation (lumber, gas) adds additional cost pressures. For many, they are setting records in terms of the amount of inventory on hand; this is a mix of strategies to deal with supply chain and supply challenges, and stores that remain...

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