Environics Communications Inc.

Environics Communications Inc.

November 22, 2006 08:30 ET

Video News B-Roll via Satellite: Have a Merry Meltdown -- New Data

Half of Canadians say stress of holiday shopping dampens spirit of season; one in four admit intense frustration

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 22, 2006) - HAVE A MERRY MELTDOWN

Half of Canadians feel the stress of holiday shopping dampens the spirit of the season and
one in four admit to experiencing intense frustration when shopping for holiday gifts.

DATE OF FEED: November 22, 2006

TIME OF FEED: 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. [13:00 h to 13:30 h] Eastern Time (Continuous loop)

COORDINATES: Dome Playout @ Rogers Centre to Anik F2 C-band, Channel 3B

STORY SUMMARY:
November 27 marks Cyber Monday, the unofficial kick-off of the online shopping frenzy for the holiday season. But the shopping rush doesn't exactly have Canadians singing carols. Half of Canadians (49%) agree that the stress of holiday shopping dampens the true spirit of the season.

Find out why the stress of holiday shopping wreaks havoc on our emotional and financial well being and learn revealing new data on how Canadians feel about the holiday hustle and bustle. Who do we stress the most about shopping for? What do we dread the most about setting out with our lists? Therapist Rhonda Katz offers her insights on this data, as well as some tips on minimizing holiday shopping stress.

VISUALS INCLUDE:

Interviews:
* Rhonda Katz, family therapist
* Alexandra Brown, head of communications & public affairs, eBay Canada

Footage:
* NEW research results: Canadians and holiday shopping stress
* Summary: Tips for avoiding seasonal stress
* Visuals of people shopping in holiday haste and online
* Top holiday shopping stresses - long lines, crowded stores, tired shoppers
* Streeters discussing the stress of holiday shopping

TECHNICAL CONTACT NUMBER - SATELLITE FEED:
Dome Productions - 416.341.2150 or 416.332.7066

IN: HEALTH, RETAIL, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Tonisha Robinson, Environics Communications Inc.
    Primary Phone: 416-969-2759
    Secondary Phone: 416-920-9000
    E-mail: trobinson@environicspr.com