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  • Food fads that faded before Crumbs Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 2:32 PM ET
    Glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

    Crumbs' failure should not surprise anyone. Many faddish food chains have briefly tasted success, only to later grow stale. Here's a list.

  • High-end mobile shopping app raises $7.5 million Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 12:06 PM ET
    David Tisch

    Spring, a company co-founded by former Techstars NYC head David Tisch and his brother Alan, has raised a Series A investment of $7.5 million.

  • It's back: The Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger cometh Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    The Wendy's Single Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger.

    Wendy's attempted brand transition seeks to combine the quality of "fast casual" restaurants like Panera with the low price and speed of fast food.

  • Filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza speaks during the final day of the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on May 31, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Costco pulled Dinesh D'Souza's book 'America' from shelves on July 1, despite its popularity, but now is reshelving it.

  • 'The Duke' duels Duke over trademark rights Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:21 AM ET
    John Wayne in "True Grit"

    John Wayne's heirs are suing Duke University over its objections to use of his nickname in alcoholic beverages, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Small businesses hope for some Wal-Mart magic Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 6:33 PM ET
    Customers push carts past reusable shopping bags during the grand opening of a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

    Wal-Mart Stores met with more than 500 small businesses to make good on vow to spend $250 billion by the 2040 to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

  • Consumer spending & US economy  Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 3:17 PM ET

    As goes Wal-Mart, so goes the U.S. economy? Monica Mehta, Seventh Capital managing principal, and Jonathan Murray, UBS managing director, discuss the state of the American consumer.

  • Crumbs shows risks of being a one-hit wonder Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 AM ET
    A selection of cupcakes is seen at Crumbs Bake Shop.

    When Crumbs shuttered its remaining stores, it seemed like an abrupt ending for a company that opened a decade ago to ride the wave of popularity of the sugary treat.

  • J.Crew under pressure for offering size 000 Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    Models pose at the J.Crew presentation during Fashion Week, New York.

    J.Crew came under fire on Tuesday following reports that the specialty retailer is now offering items in size 000—the equivalent of an XXXS.

  • Major bug strikes Google's new smartwatches Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:14 AM ET
    Video still from GoogleMobile Android Wear promotion.

    Although just released, Google's Android Wear system for smart watches already has a bug with downloading paid-for applications.

  • Truckers strike at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET
    The Port of Los Angeles

    Drivers in a labor dispute with three trucking companies at the ports of LA and Long Beach began an indefinite strike Monday.

  • 'Kashing in' on the Kardashian klout Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian on March 12, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.

    Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian are hard to ignore these days and a number of companies and brands are banking on the trio's influence being profitable.

  • Walmart US adapting to changing customer: CEO  Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan speaks to Bill Simon, president & CEO of Walmart U.S., about the company's plan to acclimate to where customers are going to be shopping and store expansion.

  • Washington poised to start legal pot sales Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    Lines were already forming in front of the lucky few stores in Washington state that got last-minute approval to sell.

  • Entrepreneurs step into WalMart's 'Shark Tank'  Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    WalMart is hosting hundreds of entrepreneurs looking to sign a deal with the retailer to put their products on its shelves. CNBC's Courtney Reagan has the details.

  • Walmart US CEO: Less expensive to manufacture in US  Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    Bill Simon, president & CEO of Walmart U.S., discusses the changing economics of manufacturing in the U.S. and the state of the economy. Simon says the middle class is still economically challenged.

  • M&S non-food sales hurt by new website Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 2:50 AM ET

    British retailer Marks & Spencer on Tuesday reported a 13th consecutive quarter of falls in underlying general merchandise sales.

  • It's time to go bargain hunting for retail stocks Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Retail stocks have been underperformers in 2014. Now it's time to invest in companies targeting growth niches that are set to rebound.

  • American Apparel in talks to pay off loan: Report Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 6:20 AM ET
    An American Apparel store on June 19, 2014 in New York City.

    American Apparel is in talks with Standard General to secure funding and replace its board except for two co-chairmen, according to the WSJ.

  • Consumers flock to new takes on fried chicken Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET
    The "Boxcar" fried chicken sandwich from Boxcar Betty's in Charleston, S.C.

    Fried chicken is seeing servings rise in small chains and independents while overall consumption, mostly in chains, falls.

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