Nov 29 U.S.-based chains are set to win as
Canadians look for must-have gifts this Christmas, leaving
domestic stores struggling for a share of the holiday-season
But, unlike some of their American counterparts, holiday
sales are not a make-it or break-it factor for these Canadian
Here is a look at some Canadian retailers and their
earnings for the quarter that falls during the holiday season.
CANADIAN TIRE (CTC.TO) (CTCa.TO): Canada's biggest
household goods and automotive supply chain. Shares have
climbed more than 8 percent this year.
2010 Q4 forecast: EPS C$1.53
2009 Q4: EPS C$1.28
Number of stores: Canadian Tire (479); PartSource (87);
Canadian Tire Petroleum (272); Mark's Work Wearhouse (378).
FORZANI GROUP FGL.TO: Canada's largest national sporting
goods retailer. Shares are up 14 percent so far this year.
Fiscal 2011 Q4 forecast: EPS C$0.88
Fiscal 2010 Q4: EPS C$0.75
Number of stores: 558 corporate and franchised stores under
the banners of Sport Check, Sport Mart, Atmosphere, National
Sports, Athletes World, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts,
Intersport, Nevada Bob's Golf, Fitness Source, S3, The Tech
INDIGO BOOKS & MUSIC (IDG.TO): Canada's biggest book
retailer. Shares have lost more than 4 percent of their value
Fiscal 2011 Q3 forecast: EPS C$1.29
Fiscal 2010 Q3: EPS C$1.38
Number of stores: Chapters, Indigo and World's Biggest
Bookstore superstores (96); Coles, Indigo, Indigospirit,
SmithBooks and The Book Company small format stores (151).
JEAN COUTU (PJCa.TO): The Montreal-based pharmacy chain
operates mostly in Quebec and owns a significant portion of
U.S.-based Rite Aid Corp. Shares of the company have been down
a little over 1 percent this year.
Fiscal 2011 Q4 forecast: EPS C$0.19
Fiscal 2010 Q4: EPS C$0.18
Number of stores: Operates 378 drug stores in Canada.
LULULEMON ATHLETICA LLL.TO: A specialty clothing retailer
that sells yoga and running wear. Shares have soared more than
72 percent this year.
Fiscal 2011 Q4 forecast: EPS $0.41
Fiscal 2010 Q4: EPS $0.40
Number of stores: About 300 and showrooms in Canada, the
United States, Australia and Hong Kong.
SHOPPERS DRUG MART SC.TO: One of Canada's largest
pharmacy chains. Shares have dropped more than 17 percent this
2010 Q4 forecast: EPS C$0.75
2009 Q4: EPS C$0.79
Number of stores: 1,181
SOURCE: Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, Reuters Data, Company
(Reporting by Solarina Ho and Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay; editing
by Peter Galloway)