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Consumer Discretionary US: Consumer Services


  • Shoppers Treat Themselves to Lattes and Lacy Bras Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 8:25 AM ET

    Few companies were clobbered harder than Starbucks in the recession. The coffee chain with outposts on every corner came to represent all that was wrong with American businesses and shoppers: unchecked expansion, self-indulgence and mindless credit-card swiping.

  • Consumer Borrowing Posts Rare Gain in September Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 4:24 PM ET

    Consumer borrowing increased in September for the first time since January even though the category that includes credit cards dropped for a record 25th straight month.

  • Coach Wins Over 'New Normal' Consumer: CEO Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 4:51 PM ET

    Coach shares reached its highest since 2007 on Tuesday after the luxury retailers trumped analyst expectations, posting a 34 percent growth in quarterly earnings. The brand's Chief Executive Lew Frankfort tells CNBC how they did it and what's in store for the future.

  • Jobs a Big Concern for Food Makers: ConAgra CEO Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 5:51 PM ET

    Rising commodity prices and lingering consumer uncertainties have been eating away at food companies' margins. Until consumers bounce back, food makers will continue to feel the drag on retail pricing, ConAgra Foods Chief Executive Gary Rodkin tells CNBC on Thursday.

  • Mario Batali, Partners Sued Over Tips at NY Eatery Wednesday, 13 Oct 2010 | 9:02 AM ET

    Just days after being awarded a coveted fourth star by The New York Times, the Mario Batali-helmed restaurant Del Posto is contending with a lawsuit filed by 27 workers who say they weren't paid a legal wage.

  • Those Thinking Economy to Improve Up Slightly: Survey Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 6:30 AM ET
    Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    The majority of American consumers still think the country is on the wrong track, but those that think it's headed in the right direction has increased slightly according to a new RBC Consumer Outlook Index.

  • Kraft has hired "disproportionately" in marketing and sales throughout the recession, as the consumer products giant continues to grow its businesses throughout the world, chairman and chief executive officer Irene Rosenfeld told CNBC.

  • If New Salmon Is Approved, Will Anyone Eat It? Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 2:21 PM ET

    As the FDA continues to take testimony over whether a genetically engineered salmon by Aqua Bounty is safe to eat, environmentally sound to raise, and whether it requires special labeling, there is a bigger question.  Would anyone eat it?

  • Licensing Deal for Hot New Apple Comes Under Fire Friday, 17 Sep 2010 | 10:24 AM ET
    Sweetango apples

    A new breed of apple has been a hit with consumers lucky enough to find it. Cindy and Frank Femling, however, are among the growers who fear it could put them out of business.

  • Investigators Say Egg Company Knew of Salmonella Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 3:43 PM ET

    The Iowa egg farm at the center of a massive salmonella outbreak received hundreds of positive results for salmonella in the two years before its eggs sickened more than 1,500 people, congressional investigators said Tuesday.

  • Burger King Adds Pancakes, Biscuits at Breakfast Tuesday, 7 Sep 2010 | 10:00 AM ET
    Burger King

    Burger King is introducing nine new breakfast items including blueberry biscuits and pancake platters to broaden its breakfast menu.

  • Retailers Post Surprisingly Strong August Sales Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:36 AM ET

    Retailers turned in surprisingly strong monthly sales reports in August, as sales-tax-free holidays and discounting coaxed shoppers to open their wallets and stock up on back-to-school items.

  • Tainted Eggs Supplier Has History of Violations Sunday, 22 Aug 2010 | 12:31 PM ET

    Two Iowa farms that together recalled more than half a billion potentially tainted eggs this month share close ties, including suppliers of chickens and feed.

  • Consumer Spending Weak in July: Report Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 8:17 AM ET
    Man shopping for clothes

    American shoppers dug in their heels in July, bad news for the stalling economy and worse for struggling retailers.

  • Retail Results Mixed as Consumers Hunt Bargains Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 11:08 AM ET

    Warm weather and sales tied to the Memorial Day and Father's Day holidays helped drive shoppers to stores in June, but the heavy discounting may have hurt retail profits.

  • Bachelor Auctions Spur Giving Monday, 28 Jun 2010 | 10:36 AM ET
    Date Auction

    Some of New York City and San Francisco’s most eligible bachelors are being auctioned off in the name of charity, and possible love.

  • Target Recalling Children's Belts Over Lead Paint Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 1:04 PM ET

    The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission say no injuries have been reported yet but urge consumers to stop using the belts and return them for a full refund through the voluntary recall program

  • 'Female Viagra' Pill Falls Short Says FDA Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 4:07 PM ET

    Federal health regulators said Wednesday the first pill designed to boost the female sex drive failed to make a significant impact on libido in two studies.

  • J&J Expands Medicine Recall Linked to Foul Odor Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | 6:30 PM ET

    Johnson & Johnson is expanding a months-old recall of certain over-the-counter medicines due to complaints about a moldy smell that can cause nausea and sickness.

  • GE Washer

    The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission say one front-loading model poses a fire and elctric-shock hazard, but the problem has already been corrected in new machines.