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Media Advisory - Which G7 Country and Which City has the Lowest Business Costs? - KPMG's Competitive Alternatives Study 2006 to be Released Via Webcast March 21

    Toronto (ots/PRNewswire) - KPMG LLP will release its eighth Competitive Alternatives study ranking the competitive business cost advantage of nine countries and 128 cities on March 21 at 0930 EST, 0630PST, 1430 GMT via a news conference, conference call and webcast. The announcement will be made in Toronto, Canada.

    The Competitive Alternatives study identifies the 2006 cost competitiveness leader among nine industrialised countries and the leading lowest cost cities in these regions. The report measures the combined impact of 27 cost components that are most likely to vary by location, as applied to specific industries and business operations. It also speaks to the impact of the rising Canadian dollar on Canada's ability to compete globally.

    Webcast instructions:

    Live and archived versions of the Competitive Alternatives webcast can be accessed through Canada Newswire's webcast calendar at http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/. or via www.competitivealternatives.com

    Instructions are provided on the webcast page. Those wishing to participate via telephone may use the following dial-in numbers:

    - Toronto: +1-416-644-3415

    - North America Toll-free: +1-866-250-4892

    - UK Toll-free: 0800-0000-2288

    What:

    Briefing on KPMG's 2006 Competitive Alternatives Study: A Guide to International Business Costs. (www.CompetitiveAlternatives.com) Following the presentation there will be time for questions.

    When:

    Tuesday, March 21, 0930 EST

    Who:

    Mark MacDonald, Director, KPMG's Advisory Services practice in Toronto

    Glen Mair, Director, MMK Consulting Inc., co-author Competitive Alternatives Study

    Stuart MacKay, Director, MMK Consulting Inc., co-author Competitive Alternatives Study

    Webcast instructions:

    Live and archived versions of the Competitive Alternatives webcast can be accessed through Canada Newswire's webcast calendar at http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/. or via www.competitivealternatives.com

    Instructions are provided on the webcast page. Those wishing to participate via telephone may use the following dial-in numbers:

    - Toronto: +1-416-644-3415

    - North America Toll-free: +1-866-250-4892

    - UK Toll-free: 0800-0000-2288

    About Competitive Alternatives

    KPMG's 2006 Competitive Alternatives study provides an independent comparison of international business location costs in 128 cities around the world. The study enables businesses executives to take a quick, initial scan of how business costs compare among a variety of cities in leading industrialised countries. It also assists KPMG professionals and economic developers in their work with businesses considering relocation, and enables policy makers to help determine the impact of a proposed tax and/or incentive policy change on the cost-competitiveness of their jurisdiction in relation to others.

    The study is available online at www.CompetitiveAlternatives.com

    About KPMG in Canada

    KPMG LLP is the Canadian member firm of KPMG International, the global network of professional services firms whose aim is to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of their clients, people and the capital markets. With nearly 94,000 people worldwide, KPMG member firms provide industry-focused audit, tax, and advisory services from more than 717 cities in 148 countries.

    KPMG assists clients as they consider expanding, relocating or consolidating their business activities. More than 100 KPMG professionals throughout the world offer a variety of global location and expansion services, ranging from strategic planning, to site analysis, to determining the availability of business incentives.

    KPMG's Canadian Web site is located at www.kpmg.ca

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Contact:
Media Contacts: Julie Bannerjea, Senior Manager, Media Relations,
KPMG, +1-416-777-3243, jbannerjea@kpmg.ca



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