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  • Cyber Monday Shopping Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 7:46 AM ET
    Cyber Monday Shopping

    A look at whether the retail sizzle will soon fizzle, with Marshal Cohen, The NPD Group chief industry analyst, who says consumers are spending on themselves more this year due to pent up demand and the wait for discounts.

  • One California Mall's Laid-Back Plan for Black Friday Friday, 25 Nov 2011 | 11:44 AM ET
    Santa Monica Place

    As retailers race to earlier and earlier opening times, kicking off Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day, one California shopping mall is taking a more laid-back approach.

  • Time Is Money: Investing in Luxury Watches Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 8:44 AM ET
    A rare Patek Philippe 18 karat pink gold watch is displayed 11 May 2007 during a preview in Geneva.

    Rarity, complexity and condition make all the difference when looking for a luxury watch. But while there are major gains to be made, it takes a good eye to know the difference between a clever investment, and a waste of time.

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    Global brands must localize . No longer does simply transporting what worked in the Western world to markets like China work. 

  • Nordstrom bag

    Wealthy Americans may appear to the masses as a unified group, but there is divergence in the attitudes of the rich toward holiday spending this year – which means that the key to how the holiday season unfolds may rest in the hands of the wealthiest.

  • Luxury Stocks to Ride the Wealth Boom in China Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 9:16 PM ET
    A man walks past a billboard outside a shopping mall housing luxury brands in Shanghai.

    One way to ride the surge in China’s wealth is to invest in stocks of luxury brands, say analysts. Here are some of their top picks.

  • Yachts in Asia Get Million-Dollar Makeovers Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 10:21 PM ET
    MF Global website

    Asia’s image-conscious rich are spending big money on adding frills to their million-dollar yachts.

  • The grand opening Louis Vuitton shop in Hong Kong.

    Too many people are beginning to own a Louis Vuitton in China. which is eroding the luxury brand's exclusivity.

  • Marathon From Greece to New York Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 1:15 PM ET

    Jim Cramer’s researcher, Nicole Urken, discusses how the ebullience at the NYC marathon this past weekend stands in contrast to the eurozone mood and is an analogy of the divergence in market conditions.

  • Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011 Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    'Tis the time for giving. This holiday season, affluent consumers are becoming more comfortable with their spending. On average, affluent households spend more than four times the average family on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation industry trade group. “After four plus years of reprioritizing and realigning their spending to match their values, affluent consumers are feeling quite good about themselves and their ability to maintain — and even increase — their family’s h

    For those who want to spare no expense, there are plenty of fashionable items that are on trend. Click for some luxurious gift ideas.

  • Luxury Back in Fashion Despite Downturn Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
    Aligator Purse

    The market for luxury goods has come back with a bang in the past couple of years, despite volatility elsewhere in the market.

  • Why Is Luxury So Resilient? Saturday, 15 Oct 2011 | 7:00 AM ET
    Why Is Luxury So Resilient?

    At a time when consumers are supposed to be tightening their belts, why has the luxury sector remained so resilient? CNBC explores this question in a debate with the CEOs of Rolls-Royce, Burberry, De Beers and Quintessentially.

  • Price of Lake Boats Up, Cigars Down for Rich Swiss Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 9:45 AM ET
    Switzerland

    Living it up in Switzerland has become even more pricey, a new report shows, despite falls in prices for imported goods such as cigars and champagne which have become more affordable thanks to the rise in the Swiss franc.

  • Le Bernardin Restaurant Wins in NYC Friday, 7 Oct 2011 | 10:50 AM ET
    Le Bernardin Restaurant Wins in NYC

    Le Bernardin was just voted New York City's most popular restaurant and received the coveted three Michelin Stars. Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin chef & co-owner, discusses the business and what's behind its rising popularity.

  • Proenza Schouler Runway Spring 2012

    Instant shopping site Moda Operandi offers consumers the chance to preorder next season’s clothes days or even hours after they’ve appeared on runways. That’s long before the spring and summer looks that debuted over the past eight days of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York hit the stores. That is, if some of the more fantastic or theatrical pieces even make it there at all.

  • Celebrity Million-Dollar Extravagances Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 4:31 PM ET
    People love to read about celebrities who spend huge sums of money on luxury items--even in these hard times. After all, who wouldn’t be amused to learn that Paris Hilton owns a $325,000 doghouse that’s an exact replica of her own mansion?The limits of celebrity conspicuous consumption continue to be pushed. Some of the rich and famous have distinguished themselves through the sheer quantities of cash spent on quirky luxury items—up to $1 million or more. Often, the practicality of these purchas

    Who are some of the celebrities who have spent $1 million or more on decadent extravagances? Click to find out!

  • What Happens When Youth No Longer Drives Fashion Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 12:58 PM ET
    A model walks the runway at the Rachel Comey Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on September 7, 2011 in New York City.

    Youth is no longer driving fashion, and younger lines are wisely "aging," said fashion trend forecaster David Wolfe. And this is having an effect on the clothes designers are creating.

  • From Rubble To Renaissance Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 3:17 PM ET
    Freedom Tower, Ground Zero, New York City

    Lower Manhattan was nearly destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, but 10 years later, with the help of major investment, it has seen a dramatic recovery.

  • Diamond Prices Soar on Asian Demand Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 11:53 PM ET
    Tiffany Diamond Rings

    Diamonds have emerged as a haven investment alongside favorites gold and the Swiss franc, with surging demand from Asian buyers driving prices of the precious stones.  The FT reports.

  • What $1 Million Buys You Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 6:30 PM ET
    Who hasn’t spent at least a few daydreaming moments fantasizing about spending money? Not just a few hundred bucks either, but huge, irresponsible sums of money, all on completely unnecessary luxury items? Most of us probably have, but sadly, reality tends to intervene. Just as we’re settling into a meditation about a chartered plane jetting us off to Aruba, the memory of that unpaid and overdue $250 phone bill intrudes and throws cold water on the fantasy.If one were to make a completely uneduc

    $1 million isn’t what it used to be, in part because a lot of people don’t know how far it can go, and the amount of time and effort that it would take to spend it.