"Augsburg Fortress Canada and Four Corners, the alternative trade program of Canadian Lutheran World Relief have entered into a partnership to provide Canadians with more options for buying fair trade products. Home decor items, fashion accessories and fair-trade certified goods such as coffee, tea, and chocolate are now available at the Anglican Book Centre in Toronto and the Augsburg Fortress Bookstore in Kitchener, Ont."
"In 2007, the Anglican Book Centre (ABC), the Canadian church's Toronto retailer, survived and looks like a viable operation for the future, according to its new manager, the Lutheran publisher and retailer Augsburg Fortress. Slated to close its storefront outlet in favor of a Web and telephone-only operation, the bookstore experienced sharply reduced sales last year  but made a small profit, said manager Andy Seal. Final numbers were not yet available and comparisons with previous years are somewhat difficult since Augsburg took over management of the operation in June 2007 from the Anglican church's national office, called General Synod. Peter Blachford, treasurer of General Synod, said he expected that bookstore sales for all of 2007 were about half the $2.96 million recorded in 2006. Mr. Seal in an interview, estimated that the operation showed a profit of $25,000 last year, showing that 'the store did perform such that it is a sustainable location'. In 2006, said Mr. Blachford, the store lost $504,000 and in the three years before that, total losses were $899,000. In the five years prior to 2003, the store returned a total of $1.38 million in profits to General Synod, but began to feel the pressure of competition from the Internet and mega-booksellers such as Amazon.com and Chapters/Indigo. In addition, the store experienced a difficult move to a new building in 2004 and the departure of two managers".
"The national office of the Anglican Church of Canada has reported a deficit for the fifth straight year in 2007, with a shortfall of $777,195; the amount is $290,768 more than the loss recorded in 2006 of $486,427. The deficit would have been $1.97 million had General Synod not received a refund last year of $1.17 million from the federal government as part of the revised Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the financial statements showed. The statements reported revenue of $13.68 million, and expenses of $14.46 million. General Synod treasurer Peter Blachford said there were a number of reasons for the deficit, but that the biggest cost was related to the transfer of Anglican Book Centre (ABC) , the church's Toronto-based bookstore, to the Lutheran bookseller, Augsburg Fortress Canada". "Although donations to the Anglican Appeal, the church's flagship appeal, went up by 1.6 per cent ($438,344 compared to $425,881 in 2006) in 2007, it still fell short of its budgeted revenue target of $550,000, added Mr. Blachford. Proportional giving by some dioceses was also down".
"Augsburg Fortress Canada -- the bookseller for the Anglican Church of Canada -- has announced the closure of the Anglican Book Centre (ABC), effective Jan. 18, 2013. Patrons will now be served online and by phone (800) 265-6397. Founded more than 100 years ago, ABC is an internationally known retailer of books, vestments and church supplies. Sales were down by 28 per cent in 2011, which is 'below the break-even level', said a joint statement released by the Anglican Church of Canada and Augsburg Fortress. 'In spite of hard work and innovation, the trend has continued in 2012', said the statement. The decline in revenues was attributed to competition from web-based book retailers and the increase in readership of e-books. 'Religious book and gift stores across Canada have faced significant challenges resulting in the closure of 120 stores in the past 10 years', said Andy Seal, director of ABC/Augsburg Fortress Canada".