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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO – Five things to watch in Canadian business this week:

Statcan-o-rama: The federal agency has a slew of releases this week, including wholesale trade figures for July on Monday, retail trade figures for the same month on Wednesday followed by payroll employment, earnings and hours figures on Thursday. All of the data serves to paint a picture of the state of Canada’s economy, which is showing recent signs of sputtering back to life.

Poloz pronounces: The Bank of Canada governor is in Calgary on Monday at an economic development event. He’ll deliver a speech on energy and the economy in Canada’s hard-hit oilpatch.

French faceoff: A French-language debate among the federal party leaders is being held Thursday in Montreal, where, once again, the economy will be a key area of verbal combat.

Innovation assessment: The Conference Board of Canada releases a report on Friday entitled “An Innovation Report Card for the Provinces.” The study compares the innovation performances of individual provinces with that of 16 advanced peer countries.

Blackberry battles: The struggling Canadian smartphone-maker reports it second-quarter results on Friday. John Chen, the company’s CEO, said recently that attracting and retaining good talent is difficult when a company is trying to turn itself around and restore some of its former glory.