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Consumer Discretionary US: Consumer Services


  • 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.

  • Retail Sales in May Underscores Uneven Path of Recovery Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 10:14 AM ET
    Man shopping for clothes

    Poor weather in early May and a still cautious consumer translated into a mixed bag for retailers in May, underscoring the fragile state of the economic recovery at this stage.

  • Banks Unlikely to Ease Lending Standards: FICO Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

    Banks aren't likely to ease lending standards anytime soon due to continued worries about delinquencies, according to a survey by FICO, a decision management and analytics firm that determines consumer credit scores.

  • A boycott against the state of Arizona's new immigration law has spread to New York, as misinformed protestors attack New-York based AriZona Beverage Company, the maker of AriZona Iced Tea.

  • Fewer Consumer Loans are Being Paid Late: Survey Wednesday, 7 Apr 2010 | 4:37 AM ET

    Late payments for most types of consumer loans decreased in the final quarter of last year, a new industry survey shows.

  • Soft Drink Sales Fall, but Dr Pepper Gains Share Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | 1:30 PM ET

    Sales of carbonated soft drinks in the U.S. fell for the fifth year in a row last year, although the pace of decline has slowed from 2008, according to a report from industry trade magazine Beverage Digest.

  • Cash and credit card

    Gift and travel rewards were the rage before, but the recession has made many consumers opt for cash-back options in their credit cards.

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    A redesign of Gillette's Fusion razor, the nation's best seller, is coming and — before you ask — it doesn't have any extra blades.

  • General Mills Reducing Sugar in Kids' Cereal Wednesday, 9 Dec 2009 | 10:26 AM ET
    A range of General Mills products line a grocery shelf.

    General Mills—the maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs—plans to reduce the amount of sugar in its cereals marketed to children.

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    Americans' confidence in the economy improved slightly in November, but they remain gloomy amid a weak job market heading into the holiday season.

  • TV Retailer QVC Joins 'Black Friday' Frenzy Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
    Dave James

    Television retailer QVC has made aggressive plans to keep shoppers watching — instead of mall-hopping — on Black Friday, an event it has traditionally ignored.

  • Deja Vu: Wal-Mart, Amazon, Target in DVD Price War Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 10:09 AM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores is upping the ante heading into the holiday season, trimming the online preorder prices of some upcoming DVDs following last month's price cut on books.

  • Porn Flounders, But Adult Novelty Business Booms Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | 10:47 AM ET

    While the adult entertainment business is faltering, however, adult novelties are in the midst of a renaissance.

  • Toys 'R Us Makes Its Bets on Holiday Toys Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 8:32 AM ET
    Toys R Us Holiday Express store

    The nation's biggest toy-store chain is placing its holiday bets — and because the stakes are high, the prices are lower.

  • Online Schooling Picks Up Students—and Respect Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 3:35 PM ET
    Woman using a computer

    The huge cost of a higher education—plus the need by many laid off workers to learn new skills—has sparked a sharp increase in online education. And online degrees, especially from well-known institutions, are gaining acceptance among employers.

  • An Institution Ends When 'Guiding Light' Turns Off Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 | 11:35 AM ET
    Kim Zimmer

    You don't have to be a fan of the show, or of the soap opera genre it pioneered, to feel a sense of gravity at the demise of "Guiding Light."

  • These Days Even Selling Hawaii Is Tough Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 10:43 AM ET

    Selling Hawaii could be considered the easiest job in the world.

  • What's in Your Bottled Water? FDA Wants You to Know Wednesday, 8 Jul 2009 | 12:08 PM ET

    Both the Government Accountability Office and the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization, recommend in reports being released Wednesday that bottled water be labeled with the same level of information municipal water providers must disclose.

  • PepsiCo CEO Talks Bottlers, China Growth and More Thursday, 2 Jul 2009 | 6:36 PM ET

    PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi said Thursday she is not concerned about the potential for Moody's to downgrade the company's credit rating if it succeeds in acquiring its two largest bottlers Pepsi Botting Group and PepsiAmericas.

  • Kimberly-Clark to Cut About 1,600 Jobs Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | 11:57 AM ET
    The entrance sign to Kimberly-Clark Corporation world headquarters campus in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006. Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex tissues and Scott paper towels, announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 that fourth-quarter earnings tumbled 17 percent as one-time costs cut into profits, offsetting higher revenue. Earnings fell to $371.1 million, or 79 cents per share, from $445.3 million, or 91 cents per share, a year ago. Sales edged up 3 percent to $4.01 billion from $3.9 billio

    Kimberly-Clark said Thursday that it would cut about 1,600 salaried jobs, or roughly 3 percent of its workforce and take up to $150 million in charges as it tries to become more competitive in the recession.