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  Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 1:40 PM ET

Give Up a Little Privacy, Get a Great Deal

These days with folks posting their every move on social networking Web sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it's hard to know where the lines of privacy are drawn.

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  Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 3:45 PM ET

Wal-Mart Brings a New Way to Pay Bills the Old Way

With so many folks paying their bills online, or electronically through an automatic checking account deduction, it's hard to imagine that a good slice of consumers are still paying some of their bills in person.

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  Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 3:00 PM ET

Strong Back-to-School Sales May Make for A Less Jolly Christmas

As folks try to use the back-to-school shopping season as a barometer for the Christmas holiday season , one analyst, who was pretty sharp with his forecast for the 2008 holidays, has issued his preliminary read for the 2009 season.

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  Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | 12:24 PM ET

What Grade Are Retailers Getting for Back-To-School?

Retailers are showing more signs of stabilization as the back-to-school season enters its final weeks, and that's going to be good news for profits in the sector.

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  Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 | 3:59 AM ET

Cash for Cribs? Toys 'R Us Takes Aim at Old Baby Gear

The government's "Cash for Clunkers" program has shown that consumers are willing to bite at a good deal. And what's a better deal than trading in old, unwanted items to get a discount on a replacement?

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  Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | 2:15 PM ET

Discount Retailers Take On the Big City

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson
Commercial rents have fallen about 20 to 30 percent around the US, and paired with bargain-seeking consumers, discount retailers can now afford stores in lucrative spots of major metropolitan areas, where they couldn't previously afford the rent. »Read more
  Friday, 21 Aug 2009 | 8:04 AM ET

Stock Market Has Gotten Ahead of the Consumer: A&P CEO

The stock market has gotten ahead of the consumer, according to Eric Claus, president of supermarket operator Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. »Read more
  Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | 4:25 PM ET

Kids' Menus Don't Budge Despite Obesity Concerns

Despite the rising concerns about childhood obesity, restaurant menus for children have not changed in recent years. Mintel Menu Insights has been tracking kids menus from 2005 until present, and are seeing the same foods repeated year after year. »Read more
  Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | 3:12 PM ET

Dollars for Dishwashers? Appliance Rebates on the Way

Rebates for Refrigerators? Dollars for Dishwashers? Funds for Furnaces? The details of an appliance rebate program are still being worked out, but manufacturers hope it will give a boost to consumers and appliance manufacturers alike. »Read more
  Friday, 14 Aug 2009 | 12:59 PM ET

Computer Sales Expected To Help Back-to-School Spending

Posted By: Cindy Morand
The back-to-school shopping season has begun and although spending is expected to decrease in most categories, industry analysts anticipate seeing growth in PCs and consumer electronics. »Read more

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