Canada news

20 January 2022
Loblaw’s drugstore business, Shoppers Drug Mart, is testing vending machines in the Ontario market. Essential items Shoppers Drug Mart is partnering with transit company Metrolinx to test smart vending units at selected GO stations, including Union Station Bus Terminal in Toronto, Burlington GO Station and at Oshawa GO Station . Customers can purchase a wide range of essential items includi...
05 January 2022
Building on its recent out-performance, Costco delivered its highest-ever sales growth for the month of December. Net sales up 16.2% As one of the first global retailers to report on its holiday performance, Costco’s results provide a great read on consumer sentiment, especially in North America, which accounts for over 86% of its sales. Sales in December increased 16.2% globally to $22.2bn,...
04 January 2022
With case numbers hitting record levels in the USA and Canada, we look at how retailers are being impacted by the surging Omicron variant. Surging COVID-19 cases North America is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, accounting for around a third of all infections being reported globally. The latest seven-day averages for the USA and Canada are exceeding 400,000 and 35,000 cases respectiv...
20 December 2021
Several new initiatives indicate that quick commerce is about to take off in Canada. We look at some of the companies looking to be in the running. Aiming for sub-60-minute deliveries Although companies such as Instacart and Cornershop have been operating in Canada for a couple of years, they have been mainly focused on deliveries in as little as one hour. However, several companies are pos...
13 December 2021
Costco delivered an outstanding first quarter with total sales up 16.7%. We look at what’s behind this performance and some of the challenges it’s experiencing. Costco Q1 key numbers Total revenue up 16.6% to $50.3 bn Net sales up 16.7% to $49.4 bn Comparable sales (ex-fuel and currency impacts) up 9.8% Comparable sales up 9.9% in the US, 8.3% in Canada and 10.9% in other intern...
10 December 2021
Although same-store sales were down 1.3% as it cycled against tough comparables from last year, Sobeys continued to make progress against its Project Horizon growth plan and strategic format initiatives. Q2 key numbers Total sales increased 4.9% to $7.3bn, supported by the acquisition of Longo’s Same-store sales, excluding fuel, decreased by 1.3%, although increased 6.8% on a two-year...
30 November 2021
Walmart Canada is acquiring Foodmaestro to deliver a more personalised online shopping experience and help shoppers discover more relevant products aligned with their health and dietary needs. Why this deal is important? It reinforces Walmart's strategic focus on health and wellness It highlights its commitment to be the omnichannel leader in Canada and needs to have the best online experi...
24 November 2021
We review Couche-Tard’s results for the half ending 10 October 2021. Key H1 numbers YoY Total revenue up 36.5% to US$27.8bn Merchandise and service revenues up 5.6% to US$8bn Road transportation fuel revenues up 54.8% to US$19.4bn Same-store merchandise revenues up 5.9% in Europe and other regions (including Hong Kong), 0.6% in the U.S and -6.1% in Canada Same-store fuel...
22 November 2021
Canada’s Metro Inc. delivered a solid performance for fiscal 2021. As lockdowns and restrictions continue to ease it is seeing a switch to pre-pandemic trends. However, one are that is seeing stickiness is ecommerce. We look at some of the initiatives it has underway in the channel. Metro fourth quarter and full year key numbers Q4 sales fell 1.2% to $4.1bn Food same-store sales fell ...
18 November 2021
As trading patterns readjust to the easing of lockdown restrictions in Canada, we look at what this means for Loblaw’s range of formats. Loblaw’s Q3 key numbers Total revenue increased 2.4% to $16.1m, with retail segment sales up 2.4% to $15.8m Food retail same-stores sales increased by 0.2% Drug retail (Shoppers Drug Mart) same-store sales increased by 4.4%, with pharmacy same-sto...