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IPO will fuel growth, SCC says
Written by Michael J. Knell   
TORONTO (27June 2015) - Sleep Country Canada solidified its position as this country's largest specialty sleep products retailer in 2014 as revenues grew 11.9% to $396.1 million, according to the prospectus issued last week in advance of its anticipated initial public offering (IPO).
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Matelas Bonheur: standing the test of time
Written by Ashley Newport   
MONTREAL (29 June 2015) - Everyone in the mattress industry, from manufacturer to retailer, knows growth can be a challenge. One of the most important commodities in a person's home, the mattress gets little attention compared to other pieces of furniture and appliances. For this reason, specialists like Matelas Bonheur have to get creative to grow their brand and keep on track by offering a plethora of mattress and sleep products while dolling out sleep advice and education to consumers.
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Leon's relaunches e-commerce site
Written by HGO Staff   
BOSTON (24 June 2015) - Leon's Furniture, this country's largest full-line furniture retailer, has relaunched its e-commerce web site, which has been upgraded to feature a fully responsive design that renders its graphics across all browsers and devises while bridging the online and the in-store shopping experience.
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Hurley's is reborn as an independent mattress and appliance store
Written by Michael J. Knell   
TILLSONBURG, Ontario (16 June 2015) - For Irene and Bob Hurley it's been a long journey between the opening of a gift store with a Sears catalogue counter in the back to becoming a full-fledged independent mattress and appliance specialty store. But when Hurley's Mattress & Appliances finally opened here a few weeks ago, they took the next step on their journey.
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The fledging giant awakens
Written by Gary James   

FROM THE HGO MERCHANDISER

While still lagging behind the U.S. market, online sales in Canada hold significant potential for growth during the next five years, according to Forrester Research's new Canadian Online Retail Forecast, 2014 to 2019 report. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based global research and advisory firm estimates Canadian consumers spent $22.3 billion online for products and services in 2014, up from $15.3 billion in 2010. And it projects the country's volume of online purchasing will grow to $39.9 billion by 2019, or 9.5% of total retail transactions. Currently, 6% of total retail spending in Canada takes place online, compared to 9% in the U.S.

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