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  • Garbage Gauge Pointing Up for Trash Stocks Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 9:54 AM ET

    The latest garbage gauge is pointing to a slow but steady recovery that should see trash volumes turn positive this quarter or next for the first time since 2008.  That should propel profits of trash haulers who’ve been able to maintain pricing power through the recession thanks to long-term, customer-specific contracts.

  • Where Does Your Water Bottle Go? Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 2:56 PM ET

    Americans spend about $11 billion dollars a year on bottled water. But after the water is gone, only a small percentage of these 51 billion empty bottles make their way to a new life. The rest end up in landfills, or worse.

  • What Williams-Sonoma's Earnings Say About the Consumer Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 11:52 AM ET
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    Talk about bucking the trends! Williams-Sonoma's profit blows past estimates, proving two things: Affluent consumers have money if they want to spend it, and retailers can coax them to spend if they have the right merchandise and the right message.

  • Economic Indicator: Even Cheaper Knockoffs Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 | 6:03 PM ET

    How bad is the economy? Even counterfeiters are shifting down to more ordinary goods. The NYT explains.

  • Reporter's Notebook: On the Hunt for Counterfeiters Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 9:46 AM ET
    Genuine and counterfeit Viagra displayed at The Counterfeit Museum in Paris, France.

    The trend of counterfeiting goes far beyond fake purses and watches and includes consumer products like baby formula and prescription medicine and  industrial products like military components.

  • Counterfeiting: Many Risks and Many Victims Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 5:00 PM ET

    The notion that it is a victimless crime is patently false. Counterfeit products victimize almost everyone they encounter, from the assembly line to the cash register.

  • For Companies, Counterfeit Battle is Never-Ending Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 4:02 PM ET

    Counterfeiting is a multi-billion dollar business infiltrating the United States borders at an alarming rate. Watches, handbags, footwear and even medicines are among the top products making up more than $261 million worth of counterfeit products seized at US ports in 2009. And it's a growing problem.

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    With women growing tired of their over-worn wardrobes and the economy slowly ticking higher, sales of fashion accessories rose 17 percent in the first quarter, after ending the year 10 percent lower in 2009, according to an industry study.

  • Luxury Four Seasons Hotel to Expand in China Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 1:33 PM ET
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    The luxury Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday debuted plans to expand its presence in Asia, where it will open 11 new hotels and resorts, President and COO Kathleen Taylor told CNBC.

  • Coach Caters to Men With New NYC Shop Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 1:30 PM ET
    Shoppers look at handbags at a Coach store in Pasadena, California.

    In the latest push to expand its product line to a wider demographic, luxury goods maker Coach will debut its first-ever standalone men's store on Friday, to determine whether an expansion on the category—or a slew of men's-specific locations—could be a profitable investment.

  • Consumers to Put Spending on Long-Term Diet: NFCC Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 3:30 PM ET

    Just in case you were starting to feel a bit better about the economy, along comes a new study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, which found that the consumer recovery isn't as far along as some think.

  • Will Nordstrom's Discount Stores Hurt Its Brand? Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 11:32 AM ET

    As luxury retailers adjust to shoppers' desire for lower opening price points, one upscale department store's outlet strategy runs the risk of hurting its brand equity.

  • LVMH Sales Beat, Shares Rise to 10-Year High Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 4:03 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton Store

    News of a very strong start to the year for French luxury goods giant LVMH has raised hopes that the world's super rich remain immune to economic downturn.

  • MCM CEO: Selling 'Functional Luxury' in US Expansion Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 4:53 PM ET

    German luxury company MCM says it will market “comfortable luxury” and emphasize “heritage” to young professional women in its strategy for global expansion.

  • 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
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    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.

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    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.