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  • Look for Menswear to Become Even More Casual This Fall Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 11:26 AM ET
    A model walks the runway at the Duckie Brown Fall 2010 Fashion Show.

    Menswear had a casual presence on the runway at New York Fashion Week in Fall 2010, as plaids, the incorporation of colors other than grays and blacks, and wide striping gave the tailored clothing category a more wearable feel.

  • Fashion Week Delivers Edgy Looks Retailers Need Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | 11:18 AM ET
    A model enjoys one of the many treats offered backstage at Betsey Johnson's Fall 2010 show.

    Designers have shown more innovation at New York Fashion Week this season, and some experts think it will be enough to get weary consumers spending on the latest looks.

  • Highlights From The 2010 Miami Boat Show Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 10:35 AM ET
    The Miami International Boat Show is one of the four largest boat shows in the world, and its timing at the start of the main selling season makes it a bellwether for how the industry will perform in a given year, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) trade group. Though boats are more affordable than ever at the show – thanks to a buildup of inventory and manufacturers offering more features as options – there are still plenty of luxury boats up for grabs.Following i

    Though boats are more affordable than ever at the show there are still plenty of luxury boats up for grabs. 

  • Wake Up Retailers! Fashionistas Are Back Friday, 22 Jan 2010 | 11:06 AM ET
    Grove shopping center in Los Angeles

    It's time for retailers to wake up. Fashion shoppers are abandoning basics and looking for unique, stylish items, and stores that break the recessionary trend of playing it safe will reap the rewards, analysts said.

  • Business Looking Up For Luxury Retailers Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | 11:45 AM ET
    Prada Shopper

    Luxury retailers are showing signs of life after being bludgeoned by The Great Recession, with companies  from Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom to Tiffany, churning out respectable sales increases during the holiday season.

  • Tiffany Gift Box

    The stock market rally may help high-end jeweler Tiffany post its first quarter of positive same-store sales comparisons since the first quarter of 2008, Citigroup analyst Kimberly Greenberger said.

  • The recovery won't be bolstered by the consumer, like in previous recessions. Instead demand will come from a build-up of low inventories and large companies' exposure to emerging market growth, Edith Thouin, vice president of ABN Amro Private Banking said Monday.

  • Carnival Earnings: What Options Predict Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 4:22 PM ET

    Carnival is cruising into its earnings release Friday morning, and the bulls are getting on board.

  • Jewelry Sales Regain Some of Their Sparkle Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    Although the highly discretionary jewelry sector was one of the hardest hit retail markets last holiday, jewelry stores have an edge over traditional retailers this year, as stores look to improve their margins by lessening price cuts and offering more items at consumer-friendly prices.

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    Retailers are offering more gimmicks than ever this holiday, as they try to coax shoppers into buying that little extra something that wasn't on their list.

  • Secret’s Out: Sample Sales Move Online Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 11:41 AM ET
    Source: onekingslane.com

    The private-sale sites — a misnomer because most of these so-called exclusive sites are open to anyone who signs up — have become a thriving corner of online commerce., says the New York Times.

  • As Sales Vanish, Skins Stay on Alligators Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 11:30 AM ET
    Aligator Purse

    The alligator skin business has soured as of late. Last year Louisiana farmers, who produce most of the world’s alligator skins, collected over 500,000 eggs from the wild. This year, for the first time, most farmers did not pick up any. The New York Times reports.

  • Dow Closes at 13-Month High; VIX Nears 20 Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 5:33 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks posted modest gains Wednesday, but it was enough to propel the Dow and S&P to new 13-month closing highs, as economic data buoyed recovery hopes.

  • Stocks Claw Higher; VIX Hits 15-Month Low Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 2:57 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks clawed higher Wednesday after a report showed new-home sales rose more than expected.

  • Blue Jeans Expected to See Another Green Christmas Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

    Denim sales will likely continue their upward trend this holiday season, as consumers slowly start spending on themselves and redeem gift cards on the latest jeans trends.

  • Stocks Claw Higher; Vix Hits 15-Month Low Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 10:31 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks clawed higher Wednesday after a report showed new-home sales rose more than expected.

  • Futures Add to Gains After String of Data Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 8:55 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    US stock index futures climbed further Wednesday after a batch of data signaling that the US economy was building on strength but also that the recovery would be gradual.

  • Luxury Stores Trim Inventory and Discounts Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 10:46 AM ET

    After a brutal year in which the nation’s luxury retailers were forced to offer their wares at stunning discounts, they are trying to get their magic back. And they may have found a way: deliberately running low on merchandise. The New York Times reports.

  • Will Returning Consumers Help Boost Harley-Davidson? Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 7:45 AM ET

    Harley-Davidson looked like a runaway bike down a steep mountain not long ago, but consumers may be returning as the economy recovers and luxury spending turns more positive.

  • Stones to Make Your Portfolio Sparkle and Shine Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 5:05 AM ET
    Flawless pear-shaped 72.22-carat diamond

    The gem market, like most others, has taken strain since the economic downturn hit. But with the climate improving and with prices below their estimates, could now be the time to add sparkle to your portfolio?