Loblaws has sent $25 gift cards to some customers who never expected to get one. That's because they refused a request to send ID to qualify for a card, which the retailer offered as compensation for its role in a national bread price-fixing scandal. "I was actually kind of shocked," said Cynthia Mellaney of Sudbury, Ont., who received her gift card in the mail this week. "I'm like, 'Hey-yeah, I actually won.'" Due to privacy concerns, she refused the company's request in March that she send a copy of her driver's licence or utility bill in order to get a card...
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The Canadian economy displayed its staying power in a pair of reports Friday that showed a spring boost in retail sales and inflation at its fastest annual pace in more than six years. Inflation accelerated last month to an annual clip of 2.5 per cent, up from a 2.2 per cent reading in May, said Statistics Canada's latest consumer price data. The growth was driven by higher energy prices, especially gasoline.
"There's an acknowledgment that there should be pushing to have significant increases to import limits."
After a cold and wintry April, which featured ice storms in Eastern Canada, the warm weather across most of the country in May brought out shoppers to buy more at almost all kinds of stores. Total All Stores grew by 5.3% over May 3017 and blew away April’s growth of 0.6% over April 2017. The All Stores number was also well ahead of the year-to-date growth rate of 3.6% over the previous year. All Stores less Automotive increased by 4.2%, while All Stores less Automotive Food and Pharmacy moved ahead 6.8%, influenced by the very high growth in Gasoline Stations (+16.4%) and the relatively weaker performance of Food and Beverage stores (+1.6%).