Nov 29 (Reuters) - 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 loot.[ID:nN29224965]
But, unlike some of their American counterparts, holiday sales are not a make-it or break-it factor for these Canadian retailers.
Here is a look at some Canadian retailers and their earnings for the quarter that falls during the holiday season.
2010 Q4 forecast: EPS C$1.53
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 Shop.
INDIGO BOOKS & MUSIC (IDG.TO): Canada's biggest book retailer. Shares have lost more than 4 percent of their value this year.
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 year.
2010 Q4 forecast: EPS C$0.75
Number of stores: 1,181
SOURCE: Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, Reuters Data, Company annual reports
$1=$1.02 Canadian Reporting by Solarina Ho and Bhaswati Mukhopadhyay; editing by Peter Galloway