Merchants near arenas suffering from NHL lockout, Edmonton hit the hardest: report

TORONTO – A report says the NHL lockout is forcing Canadian merchants near hockey arenas into the penalty box, with spending down more than 11 per cent from a year ago on a game day.

The report by credit and debit card processor Moneris found drinking establishments near arenas in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary are being hit the hardest with business falling nearly 35 per cent.

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