Per capital retail spending in Canada is projected to reach approximately $13,667 in 2011--which will put the figure ahead of the U.S. level for the first time. (The 2011 U.S. figure is projected to be $13,428.)

The parity is a result of a strengthening of the Canadian dollar and due to stronger overall fundamentals in the economy.

It's a sharp break from past years. The gap widened in favor of the U.S. between 1992 and 2001. In that year, the gap between the figures for the two countries was $4,358. It has since narrowed in each year--except for a blip in 2009.

Source: Colliers International