Retailers are banking on a robust back-to-school shopping season as students prepare to return to class; many for the first time in more than a year. The lucrative spending period was sluggish last year as many schools shifted to online learning but it’s expected to be strong in the run-up to schools re-opening next month. The Retail Council of Canada says back-to-school is a critical period for many retailers second only to Christmas. Many parents and students began stocking up early, and sales of school-related supplies are projected to remain strong into September.
The Canadian Press
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