Consumer Goods Consumer Nation


  Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 | 2:30 PM ET

Will CIT Take Retail With It?

As CIT works to avoid bankruptcy, many who track the retail industry are concerned that CIT's troubles will set off a chain reaction that will leave retailers in the lurch during the critical holiday season. »Read more
  Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 | 3:41 PM ET

Dollar Stores: Are You Getting What You Bargained For?

Shoppers have been flocking to dollar stores to save money, but are they always getting what they bargained for? The answer, according to a Consumer Reports' ShopSmart, is: it depends. »Read more
  Thursday, 9 Jul 2009 | 3:50 PM ET

Christmas in July: Consumers To Out-Scrooge Scrooge

While some call it a bid to get shoppers in a buying mood, it may very well be a sign of the times. Retailers are already rolling out the Christmas shops. With consumers preparing to cut back on spending once again this holiday season, expect the retail competition to be fierce. »Read more
  Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

Choice Hotels CEO Sees Signs of Stabilization

The great American road trip is back, and that could be good news for Choice Hotels International, which franchises value hotel chains like Comfort Inn. We talked to CEO Steve Joyce, who says he sees signs of stabilization in his niche of the travel industry. »Read more
  Friday, 26 Jun 2009 | 3:41 PM ET

No End In Sight To A Thrifty Consumer

Even with some grease from economic stimulus dollars, consumers remained hesitant to spend in May—and aren't likely to get the urge anytime soon. »Read more
  Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 3:32 PM ET

Is The Credit Crisis Good for Your Retirement Plans?

Has the economic crisis actually been a good thing for your retirement savings? If you asked this question, most people, still reeling from the hit their 401(k)'s took from during the market's dive, would think you were nuts. But every cloud has a silver lining, and there is at least one potential plus-side to what we've been though over the past year. »Read more
  Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 12:41 PM ET

LeFrak: Lenders Must Keep More Skin In The Game

Amid all the steps the government has taken to shore up the banking system, a recent proposal by the Obama administration to require lenders to retain a stake in securitized loans is a "tremendous game-changer," says real estate mogul Richard LeFrak. »Read more
  Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 8:27 AM ET

Hertz CEO: We're Buying Cars...Lots of Cars

Hertz Global Holdings is making a big bet on the consumer. In an interview on CNBC, Hertz CEO Mark Frissora says he's "literally scrambling to buy as many cars" as he can to ramp up for a rebound in demand. »Read more
  Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 3:13 PM ET

Darden's Diet: Don't Bite Into Your Own Profits

Posted By: Sabrina Bachai
The "endless salad and soup" deals remain popular items at Darden Restaurants, but CEO Clarence Otis is more concerned about whether consumers continue to skip dessert or go easy on the cocktails. »Read more
  Tuesday, 23 Jun 2009 | 8:55 AM ET

More Signs of A Stressed Consumer? Digital Coupon Use Surges

The use of digital coupons is on the rise. Is this a sign of a more stressed consumer or are there other factors at play. Perhaps, it's both, according to Steven Boal, CEO of the largest digital coupon provider »Read more

About Consumer Nation

  • From the products to the pitches to the people who buy them, we are a Consumer Nation. This blog focuses on all things consumer, taking the pulse of the attitudes that shape purchasing decisions, and providing insights that will help keep marketers, entrepreneurs and investors up-to-date on where trends are heading.


  • Christina Cheddar Berk is assistant managing editor of Enterprise coverage at CNBC Digital.

  • Courtney-Reagan-140.jpg

    Courtney Reagan is CNBC's Retail Reporter.

  • Tom Rotunno

    Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for

  • Staff Writer

  • Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."

  • Coordinating Producer, Squawk on the Street & Squawk Alley