The study shows that consumers like the physical retail store experience because it offers instant gratification with the ability to browse, compare prices, read flyers, touch product, and purchase.

Yet, online shopping is gaining ground, particularly with younger shoppers.

Walmart has launched a suite of new financial wellness services for more than 1.4 million of its associates in the U. The offering was created in collaboration with financial technology companies Even and Pay Activ.

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While it is apparent that technology has forever changed consumer shopping patterns, speed and convenience remain the main differentiators in retail.

Price and brand are part of the equation, but the research showed all consumers want a frictionless shopping experience regardless of channel.

The acquisition does not include The Company Store’s five retail locations. has announced the winners of its ‘Great Canadian Home Renovation Contest.’ Each winner has won $5,000 work of Castle goods to put towards a home renovation project of their choice.

The prizes will be awarded at the winning Castle locations in the coming weeks.

Retail sales in Quebec rose 1.8 per cent in October, led by stronger sales at new car dealers.

Sales in British Columbia ( 2.0 per cent) continued their upward trend in October, rising for the seventh time in eight months.

Meanwhile, residential building managed to edge up one per cent, as an improved amount for single family housing slightly outweighed a moderate pullback for multifamily housing.

During the first 11 months of 2017, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were 7.1 billion, up one per cent from a year ago.

In addition to its success as an online retailer, The Company Store has strong relationships and industry leading capabilities in the development and sourcing of high quality textiles across bedding, bath, and related categories.

This provides product development and sourcing capabilities to help Home Depot expand its online décor business into broader categories across the entire home.

After removing the effects of price changes, retail sales in volume terms increased 1.4 per cent.