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  Thursday, 4 Jun 2009 | 11:01 AM ET

Without Wal-Mart, Is The Retail Picture Skewed?

Wal-Mart Stores, which accounts for some 15 percent of the retail industry sales, has stopped reporting its same-store sales on a monthly basis. The result is an empty feeling that we're somehow missing part of the retail picture. »Read more
  Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | 2:39 PM ET

Cocaine Flap Could Give Red Bull Sales 'Wings'

Red Bull fans once hyped the popular energy drink as "liquid cocaine." They may have been on to something. The latest buzz about Red Bull is a widening controversy over whether its products actually contain traces of the illegal drug. »Read more
  Tuesday, 2 Jun 2009 | 2:34 PM ET

The 'New' GM Kicks Off Retooled Ad Campaign

General Motors is already hard at work, trying to win back consumers with a new advertising campaign. »Read more
  Monday, 1 Jun 2009 | 3:52 PM ET

Bankruptcy Gives GM Clean Slate, But Not With Consumers

General Motors' Chapter 11 filing may provide it with a clean slate as far as its finances go, but consumers will not be as forgiving as a bankruptcy court judge. The key for GM may be to convince them to try. »Read more
  Friday, 29 May 2009 | 12:53 PM ET

Happy Campers: Recession Can't Dampen Summer Fun

No doubt there's been a lot of tough talk around the kitchen table about summer plans this year. But when parents are looking at where to trim the household budget, there's one item that seems to be staying on the list: summer camp. »Read more
  Friday, 29 May 2009 | 11:16 AM ET

Restaurant Slump Yet to Bite New York Rents

Dining out may be down, but not enough to take a big bite out of sky-high New York rents, and that could stifle new restaurant development. An interview with Drew Nieporent, whose restaurants include Nobu and Tribeca Grill. »Read more
  Thursday, 28 May 2009 | 12:40 PM ET

Gasoline At $3 A Gallon Could Kill Consumers

Prices at the gas pump have risen right along with the mercury — up about 19 percent this month, according to auto club AAA — and that's not good news for consumers. Global Hunter Securities consumer strategist Richard Hastings says it may not take $5 a gallon gasoline to squelch consumer demand. »Read more
  Tuesday, 26 May 2009 | 4:25 PM ET

Does Reinvestment at P&G Push Stock Higher or Lower?

Two analysts are serving up decidedly different views on Procter & Gamble shares today, even though both agree it's time for P&G to reach into its pockets and start investing more in its business. »Read more
  Friday, 22 May 2009 | 2:54 PM ET

Lean Times May Spell Fat Profits for EA

In today's lean times, more folks are forgoing expensive gym memberships and doing their exercising at home, so it seems like a good time for Electronic Arts to launch EA Sports Active. The product, which is off to strong start on Amazon, is EA Sports first targeted primarily to a female audience. »Read more
  Friday, 22 May 2009 | 11:13 AM ET

Nurturing the Next Big Thing

With so much of the beverage industry's growth coming from product categories that barely existed a decade ago, it's no wonder everyone is continuously looking for the next big thing. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have gotten adept at snatching up some of these brands after they have successfully tested their concept in the marketplace. That's ruffling a few feathers among the independent bottlers. »Read more

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