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Wal-Mart Stores said Wednesday it will begin offering this week the type of holiday discounts it typically reserves for "Black Friday" -- the day after Thanksgiving that typically marks the start of the ultra-competitive holiday shopping season.
Federal regulators on Wednesday approved a rule that would ban exclusive agreements that cable television operators have with apartment buildings, opening up competition for other video providers that could eventually lead to lower prices.
Weight-loss scams, foreign lottery offers and buyers clubs were the top ways that scam artists separated 30 million Americans from their money in one year, a U.S. agency said Monday.
At least 94 million Visa and MasterCard accounts may have been exposed to potential fraud in a data breach at TJX, nearly double the previous estimate by the discount retailer.
Companies ranging from pancake house chain IHOP to high-priced handbag seller Coach reported signs of the continuing U.S. consumer pullback, sending retail and some restaurant stocks lower.
Halloween holiday consumers plan on spending more this year than last for getting their trick or treat on.
U.S. sales of video game hardware and software jumped 75 percent in September, driven by Microsoft's "Halo 3" and Nintendo's Wii console.
The people who brought you the Monster Thickburger and the 1,100-calorie salad are at it again -- this time for breakfast.
J&B Meats is recalling 173,554 pounds of frozen ground beef products sold under "Topps" and "Sam's Choice" labels due to possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. government said this weekend.
While investors cheered Friday's relatively benign report on wholesale prices in September, consumers might not find much to be happy about.
The federal government is debating whether winemakers should divulge additives -- which can range from water to fish bladders -- on the labels of bottles.
Soaring milk prices prompted the world's largest yogurt maker Danone and dairy giant Lactalis to announce price hikes on Thursday, and analysts say other milk users such as Nestle and Cadbury are looking to follow suit.
The cost of dining out in New York City held steady over the past year despite an 11% spike in prices at top-tier destinations, according to the 2008 Zagat guide released on Wednesday.
ConAgra Foods said Tuesday that some consumers were diagnosed with salmonella after eating its Banquet Turkey and Chicken Pot Pies.
The recent flurry of toy recalls because of lead-paint contamination and other safety issues will ultimately cost worried parents more than just lost peace of mind.
More than half a million toys ranging from key chains to Winnie the Pooh bookmarks and Baby Einstein color blocks are being recalled because of excessive lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.
Industry leaders Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco have begun test marketing Swedish-style “snus” products using the names of their leading cigarette brands Marlboro and Camel. Snus, the Swedish word for snuff, is made up of finely shredded tobacco leaves encased in a tea bag-like pouch about the size of a Chiclet.
It is estimated that 35% of all wireless customers now communicate with text as well as voice. The number of text messages in the United States more than doubled between the second quarter of 2006 and the second quarter of 2007, and increased more than tenfold from the second quarter of 2004.
The latest CNBC Holiday Central survey shows most expect holiday spending to grow 1% to 3% this year, the the smallest annual increase since 2002.
Snow, the Chinese beer brand partly owned by London-based brewer SABMiller, is set to become the number-two beer brand in the world this year, SABMiller said Thursday, citing industry data.