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October 2018 Flipbook

October 2018 Articles

Perspective: O Canada

When the word “tariff” was first raised, all heads turned toward China. After all, they’re the country that plays fast and loose with its currency, and treats other patents as if they were their own.

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Canada: An Introduction

By Richard Wright

The Canadian economy appears to be doing well, and the 15% tax imposed on foreign homebuyers in Vancouver seems to be having a positive effect.

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Not Too Bad

By Tom Lassiter

Currency imbalance, Trump’s tariffs, the “Buy Canadian” movement – patio manufacturers are smiling, retailers not so much.

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Canadian I-Que

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Pizza ovens, built-in grills, and Outdoor Rooms are hot; Prop. 65, and tariffs are lurking.

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Shrine of Barbecue

By Lisa Readie Mayer

In Ottawa, partners have created a retail juggernaut with in-depth staff training, great customer service, and a fun atmosphere, and now they're heading south (Florida?).

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2018 August Business Climate

In early September, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare August 2018 sales to August 2017. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 196 useable returns.

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