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  Monday, 22 Jun 2009 | 1:03 PM ET

Gas Prices Have Some Rethinking July 4 Plans

The National Retail Federation provides fresh evidence that consumers are changing their behavior to cope with rising gasoline prices. A new survey finds consumers may start adjusting their plans if prices at the pump rise above $2.75 a gallon. »Read more
  Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | 4:51 PM ET

Are Cookie Dough Concerns Half-Baked?

So tell me, who doesn't like to eat the chocolate chip cookie batter before it's baked? But some folks are learning the hard way that it's not a great idea. And Nestle is paying the price. »Read more
  Friday, 19 Jun 2009 | 1:41 PM ET

Attention Shoppers: Start Spending...In A Bit

Posted By: Elan Weisz, Special to
Consumers may be willing to start spending again soon, but persistent gas prices and a rising unemployment rate threaten consumer confidence. »Read more
  Thursday, 11 Jun 2009 | 2:24 PM ET

Worst May Be Over for Consumers: Retail Exec

Don't expect consumer spending to rebound quickly but there may be signs that the worst is over. "Consumers are spending much more evenly," evenly," said Matthew Rubel, Collective Brands Chairman, CEO and President in an interview on "Squawk Box." »Read more
  Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 3:20 PM ET

Warnaco CEO: 'Feeling Pretty Good' About Future

Shares of apparel manufacturer Warnaco have risen more than 80 percent in the year-to-date period. In an interview, CEO Joseph Gromek says he is "feeling pretty good about the future." »Read more
  Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 12:57 PM ET

Is The Recession Over? Check Your Undies

Posted By: JeeYeon Park
You’ve probably heard about the hemline indicator, the lipstick indicator and other quirky things that are used to measure where the economy is heading. But how about another: men's underwear? »Read more
  Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 8:03 AM ET

One Couple, Two Views of Retirement

Couples make vows to stay together for richer or poorer, but that pledge doesn’t mean they are on the same page when it comes to their finances. Fidelity Research has revisited a survey they conducted two years ago aimed at finding out how much couples communicated their financial goals and plans for retirement with each other. The news isn't too good. »Read more
  Tuesday, 9 Jun 2009 | 3:40 PM ET

Spam Goes Glam: Hormel Rebrands Its Meat-In-A-Can

As the recession wears on, it gets hard coming up with new ideas for cheap eats, especially for those who are used to only making reservations for dinner. Enter Spam. Yes, the much-maligned canned meat-in-can wants to help get you out of your dinnertime rut. »Read more
  Monday, 8 Jun 2009 | 11:21 AM ET

Members-Only Discounters Rise From Economic Rubble

Posted By: Danielle Kennedy
With consumers feeling the recession pinch, the necessity for designer brands to unload excess inventories has given rise to a new breed of Internet retailers. »Read more
  Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | 3:33 PM ET

Consumers Poised to Ditch Their Frugal Ways?

This month's batch of retail sales reports showed signs of deterioration. Are consumers getting ready to shed their frugal ways? »Read more

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