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  • Some like it hot – especially women’s swimwear designers. For the eighth year, thousands of fashion industry pros and onlookers migrated to Miami Beach to check out the latest in barely-there attire during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. The show, which is one of the largest swimwear trade shows, ran from July 19 to July 23. Although the bathing suits may be skimpy, the stakes are not. Women’s swimwear sales are projected to grow to $2.9 billion this year while total U.S. swimwear sales are exp

    Total U.S. swimwear sales are expected to hit $4.2 billion this year. Click ahead to see the newest swimwear trends for 2013.

  • Publisher: Take-Two Interactive SoftwareShares of Take-Two jumped nearly 20 percent in the week after the first "Bioshock" was released in 2007. It was more than a critical darling, it was a game with legs at retail. By March 2010, it had sold 4 million copies. A sequel by a different development studio did so-so, but with original designer Irrational Games back at the helm, fans are already lining up to get their hands on the game when it comes out in late February.

    The video game industry will roll out some of its biggest guns next year — and the expected launch of new console systems from Microsoft and Sony could make a big year even bigger.

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    Some of the unique businesses that have survived — or been revived on — Route 66.

  • Summer is here, and along with high temperatures, shorts and flip-flops, another seasonal phenomenon is taking place — college students are graduating, and they’re taking their newly minted degrees into the real world in the hopes of landing a job. But what are their chances of finding work in their fields, or even finding jobs that don’t require them to ask if you want fries with that?Job seekers between ages 16 to 24 who are not enrolled in school and have attained a bachelor’s degree or highe

    Recent graduates with arts degrees face a jobless rate of 11.1 percent. With numbers like that, the degree probably seems useless. But many people have gone on to great success after earning “useless” degrees.

  • Take a finely crafted object, add exceptional provenance and the passion of collectors with means and passion—the likes of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and actors Richard Gere and Steven Seagal. What do you get? Some of the world’s most expensive electric guitars.Like most collectibles, vintage guitars have lost value since the financial crisis. At an auction this weekend of guitars and equipment that belonged to late legendary guitar innovator Les Paul, the top estimate for a signed 1968 Gib

    Click ahead to see the vintage guitar with the deepest cred —and some of the highest prices paid by enthusiasts.

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    Sales in the videogame industry have been declining for more than three years, but it's still a field that's creating high-net-worth individuals at a rapid clip.

  • Drive-in movie theaters are so often associated with times gone by, a fading industry where the real estate is more valuable than the business, that it might surprise you to learn that not only are many theaters hanging tough, there are some new theaters that have been built in the past decade.Make no mistake, though. The industry, like many small businesses, faces challenges. It has seen the number of screens decline from more than 4,000 in the 1960s to 366 today. Skyrocketing real estate value

    While it's true that the real estate drive-ins occupy are often more valuable than the business, many theaters are hanging tough.

  • The stereotype about professional athletes’ wives is they’re not much more than gold-digging arm candy, with few accomplishments of their own. The stereotype no longer applies today, thanks to the efforts of some high-profile women who established themselves well before they married their famous husbands.Many of the wives of today’s professional athletes are entrepreneurs and business professionals. Some of them have been so successful in their chosen fields they are as famous as their husbands.

    What follows is a list of the wives of 10 athletes who’ve made names for themselves as columnists, models, designers and more.

  • The superhero contest – at least at the box office – continues to up the ante with new installments of comic-book adaptations for the big screen, as well as adding new franchises to the mix. In the past year, moviegoers saw “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “The Green Hornet” and “Green Lantern” hit theaters. The sequels “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “X-Men: First Class” expanded their respective franchises – and their box-office gross receipts.With several more sequels pla

    Following are the top 10 comic book movie franchises of all time, with data compiled by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • Every so often, a movie or television show depicts a character in an outfit that becomes iconic. It probably isn’t the intention of most filmmakers to inspire fashion revolutions with their movies, but the makers of “Flashdance” probably didn’t mind when America’s teenage girls started blowing their entire allowances on legwarmers.Not every movie or television show can achieve such a feat on that kind of scale, but many try, with varying degrees of success. What follows is a list of those that m

    What follows is a list of those that made an article of clothing famous, made characters famous for fashion sense, or managed some combination of the two.

  • Ever since television first landed in Americans’ homes more than half a century ago, it has transformed the way people live. Now the technology is undergoing a transformation of its own. The 80-year-old industry is on the brink of a revolution thanks to the convergence of personal computers, the Internet and television. Media heavyweights, tech titans and Internet innovators are all fighting for a piece of the next multimillion dollar bonanza — and it could impact how, where and when you watch y

    CNBC spoke with media heavyweights, tech titans and Internet innovators to get their predictions of where television is heading, and how they hope to be involved.

  • Most of the time, people with demanding jobs want to leave them behind when quitting time arrives. Law clerks don’t want to file more briefs when they get home, actuaries don’t want to weigh financial risk from their comfy chairs, and accounts receivable clerks don’t want to send past-due invoices over dinner.However, some people have no choice but to bring aspects of the workplace to their day-to-day lives. Take the professional race car driver. Unless he or she lives above a convenience store,

    CNBC.com presents a list of current race car drivers and the cars they drive when they’re off duty and in no hurry to get anywhere at any particular time.

  • If you have ever had to wrestle your iPad from your child’s clutches, you know that kids love playing on tablets and smartphones. The trend has not been missed by toymakers. They know that even before a child can read or speak, they have an affinity for these devices.Enter the biggest trend at this year’s American International Toy Fair: toys that are either based on apps, or can be used with tablets and smartphones. The trend began last year, but this year the volume of products in this categor

    What's the biggest trend at this year’s American International Toy Fair? Toys that are either based on apps, or can be used with tablets and smartphones.

  • Movie studios can spend millions campaigning for an Academy Award. This isn’t just a move to take home a golden statue. Winning an Oscar can translate into big money for a movie studio. Just how much financial influence can the Oscars have?  the average best picture Academy Award winners between 2006-2010 saw a bump of 22.2 percent (or $20.3 million) in box-office revenue after receiving a nomination and an additional 15.3 percent (or $14 million) following a trophy.The 2011 best picture winner,

    Which movies have seen the biggest boost from Oscar? We looked at box-office sales for best picture winners, comparing revenues before and after their win since 1982. Data courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • “Play Happens” is the motto you see splattered on signs as you walk around the American International Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York, and indeed it does. That might be why the mood remained upbeat at the 2012 Toy Fair, despite coming off another year of weak toy industry sales. U.S. retail sales of toys generated $21.18 billion in 2011, a 2 percent decline from the $21.68 billion in toy sales rung up in 2010, according to market researcher NPD Group. Of course the decline was

    Toymakers are looking to new products to excite shoppers and get them to buy, and that’s what Toy Fair is all about. Check out some of the coolest toys from Toy Fair 2012.

  • There's a point in everyone's life where they stand at a career crossroads. Go one way and you end up in your current profession. Go the other and you wind up doing something entirely different.That's true not just of people in the traditional business world, but also those in the porn world. Before they began having sex on screen, the people in the adult entertainment industry were often working in other fields or studying to be a part of them.We were curious about what some of today's top porn

    Before they began having sex on screen, the people in the adult entertainment industry were often working in other fields or studying to be a part of them.

  • Everybody has a first job – and it's rarely has anything to do with how you end up making a living.That's especially true of the adult entertainment industry's biggest names. But their first gigs aren't what you might expect. Sure, some kicked off their resumes with stints in fast food joints, like many teenagers around the country. Several, though, worked in law firms. And one learned the hard way that domestic services were not for her.We tracked down a number of industry superstars on the flo

    Everybody has a first job — and it rarely has anything to do with how you end up making a living. That's especially true of the adult entertainment industry's biggest names.

  • The new tech titans are building the tools that influence our daily lives, giving us games like Words with Friends, and the ability to stream our favorite TV shows wherever we are, on whatever gadgets we choose.But where do they rest their bleary eyes after their late-night hackathons? Some prefer a modest place to call home, belying their rock-star-nerd status. But others have splurged and shown that it really pays to be a geek after all.

    Some prefer a modest place to call home, belying their rock-star-nerd status. But others have splurged, showing it really pays to be a geek after all.

  • While plenty of adult stars dream of making the transition to traditional acting, their dreams rarely become reality. Hollywood – and mainstream culture, in general – tend to segregate the men and women of porn, keeping them at arm's length.But there are some performers whose drive, persistence, and fan base lets them break through those walls. Some make it onto the big screen. Others take a different path. But by the time they're done, their names are known by a much wider audience than they st

    While plenty of adult stars dream of making the transition to traditional acting, their dreams rarely become reality. Here are 10 who have managed to make the transition to 'civilian' celebrity.

  • True superstardom in the adult entertainment industry is a tough thing to achieve. And this year's Dirty Dozen certainly underscores that.Just five of the actresses we listed among the industry's most popular last year make return appearances in 2012, as new faces have come along – and some veteran performers made a comeback.With the industry's annual expo under way in Las Vegas Jan. 18-21, we've once again assembled a list of the most popular porn stars. This year, instead of basing the list on

    Just five of the actresses we listed among the industry's most popular last year make return appearances in 2012, as new faces have come along – and some veteran performers made a comeback.

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