Irish airline Ryanair orders 75 Boeing 737 Max jets, biggest order since deadly crashes

Irish budget airline Ryanair said Thursday it is ordering 75 more Boeing 737 Max jets, a boost for Boeing just before its most important plane returns to flying after two deadly crashes. The order would be worth more than $9 billion at list prices, although airlines routinely receive deep discounts. Financial terms of the deal…

Demand for Christmas trees booms as gloomy year of COVID-19 needs some jollying

Canadians planning to buy a live Christmas tree this season should start shopping now and expect to pay more, the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association says. Farmers anticipate 2020 will be a record sales year. Association head Larry Downey says it's simple supply and demand: a shortage of trees coupled with a greater appetite from…

Retailers call on Ontario to open non-essential stores, say restrictions aren't working

A group of about 50 retailers called on the Ontario government on Tuesday to open all stores across the province — including those in lockdown regions, where they suggest imposing a 25 per cent capacity limit on "non-essential" stores. "We respect the extraordinary efforts you and your administration are making to safeguard the public interest during…

BMO profit jumps 33% to $1.6B

BMO Financial Group says it is winding down its non-Canadian investment and corporate banking business in the energy sector as the bank topped expectations with a $1.6-billion profit in its latest quarter. Chief executive Darryl White said Tuesday the move is part of BMO's efforts to better allocate resources in places where they can deliver…