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  Wednesday, 8 Apr 2009 | 2:57 PM ET

Is Less Severe Good Enough for Retailers?

After months of dismal sales reports, retailers are likely to report a less severe drop-off in monthly same-store sales growth, and investors are seeing this as good news for stocks, but that take on the sector might be premature, warn several analysts. »Read more
  Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | 3:30 PM ET

Recession Fueling These Cheap Eats

Many people think of food manufacturers as recession-proof, but a report out today from Mintel Reports shows that some food categories are recession-fueled. »Read more
  Monday, 6 Apr 2009 | 3:17 PM ET

Dollar General CEO: Best Investment Is Expansion

It's a tough time for many retailers, but you might not know it looking at Dollar General. The company is preparing to create as many as 4,000 jobs this year as part of its effort to open 450 stores in 35 states. CNBC's Erin Burnett talks with Dollar General CEO Richard Dreiling to discuss the company's expansion plans. »Read more
  Thursday, 2 Apr 2009 | 3:42 PM ET

Hyatt Pulls Out the Perks as Travel Slumps

Say bye-bye to blackout dates and hello to free Wifi Internet access when you sign up for Hyatt's redesigned Gold Passport customer loyalty program. Crimped by a weak economy, which has slowed both leisure and business travel, Hyatt is opting to pull out the perks for its most loyal customers. »Read more
  Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 12:50 PM ET

Retirement: Why You're Probably Not Prepared For It

If you are already paranoid about your retirement prospects, you’re not going to like hearing the latest findings from the National Retirement Risk Index. About 64 percent of Americans are at risk for not being financially prepared to maintain their standard of living in retirement. »Read more
  Tuesday, 31 Mar 2009 | 1:14 PM ET

Retail Sector May Be Stabilizing, Telsey Says

Posted By: Cortney Collins
Monthly sales reports due out from more than 50 retailers for March should show signs of stabilization in the sector. Dana Telsey, Telsey Advisory Group chief research officer, talks about what to expect from retailers in the latest batch of sales reports. »Read more
  Monday, 30 Mar 2009 | 2:15 PM ET

Consumers Leave Beverage Makers Parched

No doubt beverage companies are going to be thirsty for new growth. Taken together the past four years of declines in carbonated soft drink sales volume have eliminated years of growth from 1997 to 2004. »Read more
  Thursday, 19 Mar 2009 | 3:36 PM ET

Irish Whiskey's Growth Not Just About Luck

Irish whiskey has been one of the fastest growing spirits categories over the past few years, and its growth isn't just luck. »Read more
  Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 5:05 PM ET

How a New Vodka Brand Set a Sales Milestone

Long before the first economists began forecasting a recession, and the markets spiraled downward, Sobieski Vodka launched their "Truth in Vodka" campaign, with the pitch that consumers don't have to pay a "king's ransom" to drink a quality vodka. The message apparently has struck a chord. »Read more
  Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 4:02 PM ET

The New Norm: Trading Up, Down & Over

There's been plenty of press about how consumers are trading down, but it's not just that simple, according to Mintel Senior Research Analyst Marcia Mogelonsky. »Read more

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