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Lowe’s to close 27 stores in Canada as housing markets slow - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS
NICOLAS VAN PRAET QUEBEC BUSINESS REPORTER
TORONTO AND MONTREAL
PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Lowe’s Cos. Inc. is shutting 27 stores in Canada, mostly under the Rona banner, as well as offices and plants as the U.S. home-improvement retailer grapples with an overcrowded market and a cooling housing sector......In an increasingly tight home-improvement retail landscape, Lowe’s faces tougher competition from incumbents and emerging e-commerce players such as Amazon.com Inc. as well as reduced home sales.......While the home-improvement industry has enjoyed sales lifts over past years, that growth is moderating as the housing market loses steam, Mr. McLarney said. Many young consumers cannot afford to buy homes, while baby boomers are downsizing, resulting in fewer purchases for home improvements, industry observers say.

Home-improvement retail sales climbed 5 per cent last year to $48.2-billion, but are expected to pick up by only about 4 per cent in each of 2018 and 2019, according to Hardlines......Alex Arifuzzaman, founder of retail real estate adviser InterStratics Consultants, said consumers increasingly can buy many of the items home-improvement stores carry more conveniently online. At the same time, more people are moving into condominiums that don’t need as many renovations or repairs. “The profit model in the future is going to be different," he said.

Lowe’s said on Monday that of the 27 under-performing stores in Canada it will close by the end of January, nine are in each of Quebec and Ontario, while six are in Newfoundland and Labrador, two are in Alberta and one is in British Columbia.
Amazon  home-center_industry  home-improvement  Lowes  Marina_Strauss  Quebec  retailers  Rona  store_closings 
november 2018 by jerryking
Retailers warn of spreading ‘bloodbath’ - The Globe and Mail
Sep. 17 2013| The Globe and Mail | MARINA STRAUSS - RETAILING REPORTER.

The added stress is felt acutely in Canada’s grocery industry, which is the victim of an essentially “zero-sum game,” Perry Caicco, retail analyst at CIBC World Markets, said in a recent report. He projects that sales will pick up by about $1.6-billion this year – with little or no inflation – but that sales tied to the expansion of retail floor space “will eat up most of the sales growth.” As a result, grocers can expect almost no real sales increases this year or next at stores open a year or more, a critical retail measure, he warned.

“The market is not easy,” said Vicente Trius, president of Loblaw Cos. Ltd., which this summer unveiled its massive $12.4-billion deal to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. to help take on rivals.

“This generates pressure in the market because you have a consumer who spends less,” Mr. Trius said.....Retailers are also teaming up with others to gain economies of scale and round out their businesses. About a month before Loblaw announced its deal for Shoppers, Sobeys said it would buy Safeway Canada for $5.8-billion to help bolster its foothold in Western Canada.
competitive_landscape  retailers  Marina_Strauss  Loblaws  Wal-Mart  Costco  Target  Rona  slow_growth  economies_of_scale  zero-sum_game  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A 
september 2013 by jerryking
Rona’s new chairman vows ‘quick return’ to profit - The Globe and Mail
SOPHIE COUSINEAU AND BERTRAND MAROTTE

MONTREAL — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Jan. 21 2013
RONA  Quebec  turnarounds  retailers  hardware  overcapacity  big-box  Sophie_Cousineau 
january 2013 by jerryking
Rona retools in Lowe's fight
August 8, 2012
Retailer facing U.S. takeover aims to reverse fortunes and fend off hostile bid with smaller stores, closure of money-losing big-box outlets

MARINA STRAUSS and JOSH WINGROVE
Rona  Lowe's  mergers_&_acquisitions  retailers  Marina_Strauss 
august 2012 by jerryking
Rona, other retailers thinking outside the big-box - The Globe and Mail
marina strauss — RETAILING REPORTER
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
Rona  big-box  retailers  Marina_Strauss 
march 2012 by jerryking
globeadvisor.com: THE SHORTEST ROUTE TO BETTER RESULTS
September 01, 2010 | Globe & Mail | Richard Blackwell. PART OF AN OCCASIONAL SERIES / ELECTRONIC MAPPING
mapping  electronic  ESRI  GIS  retailers  Rona  skilled_trades 
october 2010 by jerryking

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