May 29, 2009 09:43 ET

RONA Among Top 15 Trusted Brands in Annual Marketing/Leger Corporate Reputation Survey of Canadian Companies

RONA obtains best ranking in home category

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 29, 2009) - RONA (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products, made it to 12th position among 100 Canadian companies ranked in the annual Marketing/Leger corporate reputation survey, up from rank 15 in 2008. Survey results appeared in the latest edition of Marketing Magazine, where RONA achieved the highest ranking among companies in the home sector.

RONA made it to the top 15 with a reputation score of 74 - calculated by subtracting the percentage of respondents with a negative opinion of a company from the percentage with a favourable opinion. 77.5% of respondents - 1,500 Canadians - said they have a good opinion of RONA.

"RONA has been increasing its presence in all regions of Canada, and is recognized for significant initiatives such as our national partnership of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and rigorous sustainable development initiatives such as our wood products procurement policy or the development of our RONA ECO line of products, based on life cycle analysis, that represent an eco-responsible alternative to traditional products. Adding to this is the involvement of our store employees and dealers in communities where they do business across the country," said Claude Bernier, RONA Executive Vice President, Marketing and customer innovation. "We constantly strive to meet the evolving needs of our consumers in terms of their home improvement experience and Marketing/Leger's survey results demonstrate that we're on the right path, being one of the top trusted brands in Canada."

About RONA

RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of close to 700 franchise, affiliate and corporate stores of various sizes and formats. With close to 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 15 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6.3 billion in annual retail sales. Visit

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