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Value of B.C. retail sales nudges up in March after slipping in February

March was a ho-hum month for B.C. retailers as Statistics Canada reported a modest sales rebound following a February dip.

Dollar-volume sales rose 0.7% to a seasonally adjusted $7.27 billion. Year-over-year, sales were up a scant 1.2% and improved on February’s 0.9% reading, but compared with a national increase of 2.6% and stronger gains in nearly all other provinces.


It's not easy to get Yeezys: 'Sneakerheads' line up overnight to buy Kanye West's new k...

Kanye West's latest shoe collaboration with Adidas, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2, went on sale Friday morning. Hundreds of people staked out the Adidas store in downtown Vancouver for a chance to purchase for their personal collections or flip them for profit.


Growing pains: Cannabis retailer Tweed lays off 12% of Manitoba staff | CBC News

Cannabis retailer Tweed has cut 12 per cent of its Manitoba workforce in a round of layoffs the Ontario-based brand describes as a result of learning how to operate legal weed storefronts.


Southcentre Mall hosts a multi-dimensional public art installation

There's a surreal art experience now on display at a south Calgary shopping centre that invites visitors to become the star of their own masterpieces.


Victoria's Russell Books to move, expand downtown

Family-owned Russell Books on Fort Street is moving across the street, where it will be able to display thousands more volumes in a larger, more efficient and easily accessible space.


Package-free pop-up store launches in Fernie - The Free Press

Now, residents can reduce their individual waste footprint with the launch of Fernie’s first package-free pop-up store. Kara McFall and Marcelle Clarkson are the brains behind the refillery, which pops up every Saturday outside the Wildsight Elk Valley office on 2nd Ave.


How to make a dream come true: OA Leather Supply in Wilkie

Since the closing of the SGLA liquor store in Wilkie, the brick building has stood empty and lifeless. That is until now. Born and raised in Airdrie, Alta., Ian Guenter has bought the former liquor store in Wilkie, where he is operating his business, is a wholesale distributor of high-quality leather.


Sask. minimum wage increasing to $11.32/hour

Saskatchewan says the minimum wage in the province will increase to $11.32 an hour on Oct. 1, 2019.