Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:

The economy: There will be plenty of economic talk on Monday. The day kicks off with Statistics Canada releasing the wholesale trade figures for August. Jean-Denis Frechette, the parliamentary budget officer, then releases a report on economic and fiscal projections. Later in the day, both Frechette and Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will appear before the House of Commons finance committee.

Walmart vs. Visa: New battles will be drawn Monday in the dispute between the two corporate behemoths over merchant fees when Walmart stops accepting Visa credit cards at all of its 16 stores in Manitoba. The move comes after Walmart phased out Visa from its three outlets in Thunder Bay, Ont., in July, arguing that it pays too much in credit card fees.

The bottom line: Earnings season gets into full swing this week. A number of corporate heavyweights are reporting their latest results, including Barrick Gold, Husky and Restaurant Brands International.

Trains and grain: Canadian National Railway also releases its results come Tuesday and expect some discussion over concerns from farmers who say there could be a grain backlog this year because of a bumper crop. The issue has grabbed the attention of federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who met with farmers last week in Saskatoon.

Fish talk: Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc addresses a conference Wednesday in Ottawa. The talk will deal with efforts to rebuild Canada’s fisheries for long-term prosperity.