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  • Two women look at a jewelry display in a luxury shopping mall in Shanghai. Following in the footsteps of Japan, China has become the world's second-largest consumer of high-end fashion, accessories and luxury goods.

    Prices for luxury goods in China have slowed to their lowest rate since the depths of the financial crisis in 2009.

  • On August 21, a Chinese fisherman caught a rare fish worth over $475,000. As impressive a haul as that is, it didn’t represent the highest known payday for something caught from the sea.

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    Increasingly frequent auctions for high-end handbags have begun to set records. A Hermes Birkin sold last year for $203,150; blue crocodile version at the same auction sold for $113,525.

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  • Some wealthy people flaunt their status with shows of conspicuous consumption, while others prefer to stay low-key. These preferences extend to their major purchases, from the type of houses they buy, the type of clothes that they wear and type of cars that they drive. an automotive information website headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the  as determined by the I.R.S. These included some of the usual places that one might expect, such as Low

    TrueCar.com, an automotive information website, conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the most affluent zip codes. Check out what they found.

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    The economic slowdown in China and the European debt crisis haven’t dented premium luggage and briefcase maker Tumi’s growth, CEO Jerome Griffith told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” after its better-than-expected second-quarter earnings announcement on Tuesday.

  • Approximately  motor vehicles were stolen in the United States in 2009, the most recent year for which the Federal Bureau of Investigation provides statistics. That represents a loss of $5.2 billion nationwide.The Toyota Camry was stolen  possibly because there were so many to be stolen. Approximately 448,000 Camrys were manufactured in 2009, and of those, 781 were stolen, or 1.74 percent. But even though luxury cars are produced in much smaller numbers than standard models, they’re attractive t

    Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, CNBC.com assembled a list of the most frequently stolen luxury cars in the U.S.

  • A shopper carries Saks Fifth Avenue bags up Fifth Avenue in New York City.

    The economy needs the kick-start of high-earners buying luxury goods, but a new survey says  rich consumers are no more confident than the rest of us.

  • Two women look at a jewelry display in a luxury shopping mall in Shanghai. Following in the footsteps of Japan, China has become the world's second-largest consumer of high-end fashion, accessories and luxury goods.

    As the Chinese boom slows Hermes, Remy and other posh names are still going full throttle in Asia.

  • Taxes on Internet Retail

    More states are moving to impose new sales taxes for online purchases, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan, and Stacey Widlitz, SW Retail Advisors, offers insight. "I think Amazon is giving in and paying taxes, because this gives them the ability to build more distribution centers and ship on a same-day basis," says Widlitz. Dani Hughes of Divine Capital Markets CEO, weighs in.

  • The China Effect on High-End Retail

    The economic slowdown in China is impacting Burberry sales, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan. Stacey Widlitz of SW Retail Advisors, and Erika Maschmeyer of R.W. Baird, provide perspective.

  • A young couple makes a purchase at a Burberry luxury store.

    While many retailers won't report earnings results until near the end of the "season", Britain's luxury-retailer Burberry released its fiscal first quarter financials Wednesday, and it's not a positive ringing endorsement for high-end spending.

  • Samsung Electronics has emerged as the most valued brand by consumers in Asia, ending a four-year reign by Japanese competitor Sony and ahead of close rival Apple, according to a survey by research firm Nielsen and media magazine Campaign Asia-Pacific.

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    The hottest trend in fashion of the moment is branded jewelry, as companies that specialize in ‘soft’ luxury goods debut ‘hard’ luxury lines.

  • Upcycled Leather Handbag from Beryll

    A new study shows that 39 percent of luxury shoppers won't pay for premium brands with high ethical standards.

  • The backside of a Patek Philippe watch is pictured in a mirror.

    Conflicting reports out of China continue to keep luxury investors wondering if the "immune" part of retail is about to crack.

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    In the handbag wars, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer considers Coach spacer and Michael Kors spacer two very strong contenders. But ask him to pick a winner, and the answer is a nuanced one.

  • Richard Mille RM027 watch

    No wonder tennis star Rafa Nadal was so sad about losing his watch this week. The company that makes it is totally sold out of the product.

  • Rafael Nadal celebrates with his trophy after winning the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 11, 2012 in Paris.

    The $370,000 luxury watch owned by tennis great Rafa Nadal was stolen..and now found.

  • Global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney takes an annual look at which emerging markets are ripe for retail expansion.  ranks the top 30 emerging countries and grades them on many factors, including an assessment of country risk, population size, wealth as well as the country’s current retail saturation. With anemic growth in the U.S. and Europe, retailers realize that global expansion is more important than ever. This has prompted retailers to search the globe for untapped consumer market

    Global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney takes an annual look at which emerging markets are ripe for retail expansion.