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  • Scammers target utility customers Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Duke Power recently emailed this fraud alert to residential and business electric customers to warn them of the ongoing scam.

    In the latest "despicable scam," fraudsters threaten to shut off your power unless you fork over cash.

  • And the new most valuable brand in the world is.... Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 7:34 AM ET
    Customers queue to buy Apple's new iPhone 5c and 5s smartphones outside the Apple Store at Wangfujing on September 20, 2013 in Beijing, China.

    Apple was named the world’s most valuable brand on Monday, taking the fizz out of Coca-Cola’s 13-year run at the top of an annual survey.

  • Is the UK Growing Because of 'Fresh Bubbles'?     Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    Allister Heath, editor at City AM, highlights that the BoE's voting system could make it harder for Mark Carney to make changes and says the recent data proves that "it's an important moment" for the U.K.'s economy.

  • Will the Euro Zone Grow by Year-End?     Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | 4:00 AM ET

    Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, comments on the worst-than-expected April PMIs for the euro zone, and says that it shows the bloc will remain in recession in the current quarter.

  • Time to Play Thailand's Transition?     Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 10:50 PM ET

    Nirgunan Tiruchelvam, Equities Analyst at Standard Chartered, discusses the recent CP All - Siam Makro Deal, and gives us tips about whether to invest in Thailand's convenience store market.

  • Yum's China Sales Fall Sharply Amid Bird-Flu Scare Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | 5:42 PM ET

    KFC parent Yum Brands reported sales fell 13% in March at restaurants in China amid a new bird-flu scare.

  • Stranger-to-Stranger 'Sharing' Trend Explodes Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 12:17 PM ET

    An online phenomenon lets people rent, lend or trade almost anything to complete strangers, NBC says.

  • NYC Sugary Drink Ban: No More Big Gulps? Monday, 11 Mar 2013 | 3:26 PM ET
    A judge on Monday declared New York City's ban on the sale of large sugary drinks "arbitrary and capricious.''

    New York City starts a ban this Tuesday on the sale of big sugary drinks. But there are exceptions to the rule and places to buy them.

  • Naps aren't just for preschoolers anymore. Some companies are setting up "nap rooms," hoping to boost productivity. That sounds like a charging station -- for humans!

  • No Hard Landing for Luxuries in China: Pro Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | 9:29 AM ET

    Fears that demand for luxury goods in China is slowing as growth in the country weakens are mere exaggeration and paranoia.

  • Watered-Down Beer? Bud Sued Over Alcohol Levels Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 4:20 PM ET

    Beer lovers have filed $5 million class-action lawsuits accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its Budweiser, Michelob and other brands.

  • Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren is scheduled to testify in New York State Supreme Court on Monday in a trial that pits the department store chain against rival J.C. Penney over a partnership with home diva Martha Stewart.

  • More States Consider a Ban on Credit Card Surcharges Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 11:28 AM ET

    Charge a fee to use your credit card? It's legal for merchants to do that, unless barred by state law. Ten states already ban such surcharges and more may join the list. The legislatures in 11 other states are currently considering bills that would prevent these so-called "check out" fees.

  • Stricken Carnival Cruise Ship Docks in Mobile, Alabama Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 11:00 PM ET

    Reeking of raw sewage, a crippled cruise ship carrying more than 4,200 people docked at a port in Mobile, Alabama, on Thursday.

  • PepsiCo is rolling out a Mountain Dew for the morning, Kickstart, which has the Dew flavor plus juice, vitamins B and C and BAM! an extra jolt of caffeine.

  • China HSBC Services PMI Rises to Four-Month High Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 9:27 PM ET

    Growth in China's services sector hit a four-month high in January, a private survey showed, as a better business climate increased deal-making and lifted corporate confidence to an eight-month peak.

  • This file photo shows a display of various size soft drink cups next to stacks of sugar cubes at a news conference at New York's City Hall. New research greatly strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic.

    Coca-Cola plans to wade into the intensifying debate over sodas and their impact on public health, using a series of new ads.

  • Is Black Friday Beginning to Jump the Shark? Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 | 12:28 AM ET

    The national obsession with shopping – which gave birth to the retail bonanza best known as Black Friday – may be in the process of victimizing itself because of its own success.

  • Consumers Value Service Over Price: Pro     Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 | 5:45 AM ET

    Steve Rosier, voice of the customer analytics team at Verint Systems, informs CNBC of survey results indicating that consumers believe customer service is more important to their shopping experience than the price of goods.

  • Chipotle Misses on Earnings, Sees Slowing Sales Growth Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 6:16 PM ET

    Chipotle Mexican Grill’s earnings missed expectations for the third quarter and the fast-food chain forecast slowing sales and potentially higher food costs in 2013.