There are many things that have to be considered when determining if a retailer is experiencing good or bad business. The state of the economy, consumer confidence, unemployment, tax regulations and a variety of other factors come into play. That said, many industry experts are hailing the past few months as being very lucrative for Canadian business owners.
Leaders in the northern nation have seen success largely across the board within the retail sector as of late. However, this means an increased amount of responsibility for administrators. For example, if there is more demand for products, owners have to increase their supply, they must also optimize both payment processing gateways and accounting software to manage the onslaught and must hire more employees to service additional customers.Increasing interest in retail sector
Because of the global recession in the past few years, the Canadian retail sector has seen its fair share of ups and downs. However, now that the fiscal landscape is picking up again, so is consumer confidence.
According to Reuters, though the most recently recorded gain
was relatively small, the sector has been seeing positive numbers for some time now. The news source stated that the retail industry experienced a sales increase by 0.7 percent between September and October. The percentage was weaker than analysts had predicted, but it still shows growth, or at least a positive plateau.
On the other hand, this slowdown might also represent economic concerns that loom in the near future, like the American fiscal cliff, which has the potential to affect Canadians.Holiday sales particularly good
Despite the slow growth seen in the early fall, many industry veterans believe Canadian stores saw massive sales during the holiday season, ending the year right. Not only was pre-Christmas income hearty, but the large volume of sales offered on Boxing Day most likely resulted in large gains.
According to the Financial Post, though many Canadian shops began participating in special shopping days Cyber Monday and Black Friday
, almost none waned on December 26 sales.
"We have seen an increase in traffic of over 20 percent in the last month," Yorkdale Shopping Centre general manager Anthony Casalanguida told the news outlet. "Things really kicked off on Black Friday. Our retailers have been very happy with the sales volume in this period."