A RETAIL NEWS SPECIAL REPORT
2 From the Editor’s Desk
3 Fall 2005 vs. Spring 2005 Inventory Insights
5 Fall 2005 Purchasing & Price Trends
6 Fall 2005 Operational Overview
8 Coast-to-Coast Sales Trends
YOUR GUIDE TO THE TRENDS SHAPING THE MARKETPLACE BASED ON OUR FOURTH IN-DEPTH SURVEY OF THE INDUSTRY
The List Toppers
Since the inception of MarketPulse in 2003, the categories below have
consistently made the top-stocked list with the exception of handmade
which knocked home décor from the ranking this fall.
Christmas & seasonal décor
Candles & home fragrance
“In the coming months, giftware retailers
are planning to dazzle their customers
with jewels and gems.”
In the coming months, giftware retailers are planning to dazzle their
customers with jewels and gems. For the first time, jewellery topped the
list of items retailers plan to purchase more of in the coming months.
Another category to watch is handmade. Over half of all retailers sell
handmade goods and 42% of them are planning to increase their
spend in the next year.
of those stocking
buying more in
Fall 2005 next 12 months
Gift baskets & basketware 42%
Floral goods 41%
Candles & home fragrance 39%
Only categories stocked by 25% or more of retailers are noted here.
The data compiled in this report was derived from over 500 Canadian giftware retailers who participated in a telephone survey conducted in September 2005. When comparative figures are noted, this is in reference to the July 2005 MarketPulse report. The data
from that survey was derived from 476 Canadian giftware retailers who participated in a telephone survey conducted in April 2005. © Retail News/Canadian Gift & Tableware Association 2006. All information contained herein is the property of Retail News and the
Canadian Gift & Tableware Association (CG TA). Reproduction or use of the contents herein for any purpose is strictly prohibited without written consent.