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Figuratively speaking.

Value of one Canadian dollar on November 7, 2007, the highest value the Canadian dollar has posted since 1864, during the U.S. Civil War: $1.10

Value on January 21, 2002, just five years earlier and an all-time low: $0.62

Value on July 11 1864, the all-time peak: $2.78

Percentage of CFOs who say they would be willing to hire someone with fewer technical skills if the candidate had stronger soft skills, such as communication and interpersonal abilities, according to Robert Half Management Resources: 65

Percentage who disagreed: 29 Of the 39 percent of Canadian entrepreneurs who said if they had to did it over again they would start at a younger age, according to a poll conducted on behalf of RBC: 61

Percentage who said they would get more financial advice: 58

Amount of money expected to be spent on flowers in Canada this Valentines' Day, according to the Retail Council of Canada: $19 million. Amount spent on jewelry: $56 million

Percentage of administrative professionals who said jeans today are considered acceptable "business casual" attire according to a survey by Quill Corporation: 45.

Percentage of respondents who work for companies that still have a designated casual day: 35.6

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Title Annotation:NEWS; survey on consumer spending
Author:MacIntyre, John
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
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Date:Feb 1, 2008
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