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Nova Scotia Vying to Be Prime Stop on Suez–Atlantic Trade Route

November 25, 2008

Prince Owusu
Senior Economist

Sure, the global economy is slowing down and container traffic is getting thin in the near term. Will the current downturn in the business cycle throttle the needed infrastructure to keep trade volumes flowing? Certainly not. A report prepared under the auspices of the United Nations ...

“Crisis of Confidence” Hurting Travel Industry

November 20, 2008

David Redekop
Principal Research Associate
Canadian Tourism Research Institute

Canada’s travel industry is in difficulty and the prognosis is not good. More than a million fewer Americans visited Canada during the past 20 months. Visits from overseas travellers are also beginning to wane. Even worse, Canadians don’t seem ...

Is The Party Over For Canadian Retailers?

November 13, 2008

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes
Forecasting and Analysis

From 2005 to 2008, total real household spending advanced at a very healthy pace. If one excludes those items that we tend to buy regardless of economic “conditions,” such as food, tobacco, rent, and energy, the pace of real consumer spending growth was ...

Will Emerging Countries Save the World?

November 06, 2008

Kip Beckman
Principal Research Associate,
Economic Services
The global economy is facing two rather unpleasant choices as we look ahead to 2009 – a fairly mild recession in key countries of the kind that occurred in 2000-01, or a more severe downturn that transpired in the early 1980s. How ...

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