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

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

Economic pulse-taking: A key measure of the health of the Canadian economy is revealed Tuesday when Statistics Canada is out with first-quarter GDP results. On Friday, the federal statistical agency releases Canada’s international merchandise trade figures for April, another gauge of economic vitality.

Paris powwow: The OECD Forum kicks off in the French capital on Tuesday. The two-day conference held by the economic think-tank will feature nearly 80 debates, presentations and other events on topics ranging from the future of work to integrating migrants.

Ebay overview: Andrea Stairs, managing director of eBay Canada, will discuss Canada’s e-commerce landscape in Ottawa on Tuesday. EBay announced this month that its Canadian marketplace will no longer list items in U.S. dollars — only in Canadian currency. It had been the e-commerce giant’s only dual-currency marketplace.

HBC, meet the Netherlands: Hudson’s Bay Company holds its annual meeting of shareholders on Friday in Toronto. HBC recently announced it will begin opening stores in the Netherlands next summer, with a flagship outlet planned for Amsterdam.

Trudeau on towns: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to speak at the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on Friday in Winnipeg. The conference is expected to attract 1,500 municipal leaders.