Consumer Discretionary US: Consumer Services


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    Need maps, wait times for rides and restaurant tips for Disney World and other atractions? There's an app for that.

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    “People wait all year for football season. It would be terrible for the whole industry, it would be like the baseball strike was — fans suffer, businesses suffer. We’re hoping cooler heads will prevail.”

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    The world's biggest home improvement retailer says it will hire more than 60,000 seasonal workers before its second annual Spring Black Friday promotion.

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    The government, and many analysts, believe food inflation will rise as much as three percent this year, with the highest jumps in dairy products, meats, produce, and eggs. In other words, just about everything.

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    New Jersey isn't giving up its effort to seize unused money on gift cards and traveler's checks.

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    Dollar General announced plans Monday to hire 6,000 workers this year in addition to opening 625 new stores across the country.

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    Hormel Foods says that its board has approved a 2-for1 stock split, which would be its first in a decade.

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    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.

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    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 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.