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  • Sales a feast for consumers, famine for retailers Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 8:20 AM ET
    Black Friday ad for Wal-Mart

    Consumers have feasted on discounts this holiday season, but it means thinner profit margins for retailers.

  • Why Ulta’s stock turned ugly Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 2:16 PM ET

    The stock of a beauty retailer Ulta shed more than 20 percent on Friday and Ulta's balance sheet has been showing red flags for quarters.

  • Apple uses iBeacon to follow willing shoppers Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 12:10 PM ET

    GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store. With iBeacon, Apple aims to guide you around once you're inside.

  • Sears to spin off Lands' End business Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 7:14 AM ET

    Sears Holdings said Friday that it will spin off its Lands' End clothing business as a separate company by distributing stock to the retailer's shareholders.

  • Apple's iBeacon feature     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 2:44 PM ET

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports on the new way customers can shop at Apple stores.

  • Drink while you shop?     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 1:39 PM ET

    CNBC.com personal finance reporter Kelli Grant reports on retailers adding bars and restaurant spaces in stores for customers. Grant says retailers hope customers have a break inside the store instead of leaving.

  • Lamb skin and tanneries in demand     Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 1:37 PM ET

    Luxury brands are snatching up lamb skin, tanneries and crocodile skin suppliers. Chanel bought Bodin-Joyeaux Tannery, reports CNBC's Robert Frank.

  • Gadget buyback company Gazelle reports iPad trades were up 175% compared to one year ago. Israel Ganot, Gazelle CEO, discusses the iPad trade business as well as the migration he sees from the Samsung Galaxy line to the iPhone.

  • These java gift cards will sell out in seconds Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 4:15 PM ET
    The 2013 rose-gold gift card

    Starbucks is back with its exclusive gift cards. But the company is only making 1,000 of the sought-after gift, and they'll like fly off the shelves.

  • No time for online: Shoppers rush to actual stores Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 12:15 PM ET
    Workers handle packages at a UPS sorting facility in San Francisco.

    A shorter holiday calendar could send frenzied shoppers to physical stores for last-minute purchases, taking some sales away from e-commerce.

  • McFail: McDonald's out-of-touch tipping advice Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 2:21 PM ET

    McDonald's has committed yet another employee advice blunder, listing on its worker resource website pricey suggestions for holiday tipping.

  • Kohl's to hold marathon hours for Christmas rush Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 3:01 PM ET

    Kohl's announced on Thursday that it will extend its holiday hours to 24 hours in the days leading up to Christmas.

  • See it here: Kobe Bryant rolls out new hoops shoe Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 10:33 AM ET
    The “Kobe 9” basketball shoe, from Nike.

    Kobe Bryant debuted his latest pair of basketball shoes this week—the only question now is when he'll take the court in them.

  • Chanel stitches up French tannery deal Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 6:38 PM ET
    Pedestrians cross the street in front of a Chanel SA store in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

    Chanel has acquired its long-time lamb hide provider in the latest purchase by a luxury brand of a partner that supplies top quality materials.

  • Lulu: Of course we didn't mean to sell sheer pants Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 12:50 PM ET

    Lululemon said it is implausible to believe it intended to sell hundreds of thousands of nearly sheer yoga pants and hope consumers wouldn't notice.

  • JCPenney plunges, analyst says the hole is too deep Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 2:10 PM ET

    J.C. Penney fell more than 8 percent on Thursday after the note from Wells Fargo said the retailer's acceleration is "much less impressive."

  • Debating the effects of a $15 fast food wage Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 11:43 AM ET
    Demonstrators outside a McDonald's restaurant near New York's Times Square as part of a nationwide protest of fast food workers December 5, 2013.

    Strikes against fast-food restaurants have called for the minimum wage to increase to $15, but the side effects of such a jump are unclear.

  • How 'on-call' hours are hurting part-time workers Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    At many companies, part-time means "on-call" without a fixed number of hours. "It's an extremely abusive and unfair practice," says one labor expert.

  • Hunger strike? US fast food workers set to walk out Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 7:12 AM ET
    Fast food workers striking in August.

    Fast food workers from 100 cities across the U.S. are expected to stage a mass strike on Thursday, marking the largest ever push for higher wages.

  • Bass: What went wrong with JC Penney bet Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 12:15 PM ET
    Kyle Bass, founder of Hayman Capital.

    Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass said his bet on J.C. Penney went south because he wasn't able to predict that the retailer's vendors would change terms.

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