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  • *Restructuring charges of 50 million euros through 2016. AMSTERDAM, Sept 23- Philips, the Dutch conglomerate that started life making light bulbs 123 years ago, is splitting off its lighting business in a bold step to expand its higher-margin healthcare and consumer divisions.

  • AMSTERDAM, Sept 23- Philips said on Tuesday it would break its 120- year-old company in two, creating a stand-alone lighting business and merge consumer and healthcare divisions into a 15- billion euro business.

  • *Electrolux to issue shares after deal completed. STOCKHOLM, Sept 8- Sweden's Electrolux AB said on Monday it would double U.S. sales by paying $3.3 billion in cash for General Electric Co's appliances business in its biggest ever deal, giving it the scale to go head-to-head with larger rival Whirlpool.

  • NEW YORK/ STOCKHOLM, Sept 4- Sweden's Electrolux AB is near a deal to buy General Electric Co's iconic appliance business for more than $2.5 billion, in a move that would significantly expand its reach in North America, people familiar with the matter said. Representatives for GE and Electrolux declined to comment.

  • Puma inks deal with Arsenal, throws a big party Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla (L) celebrates with Olivier Giroud (R)

    Athletic shoemaker Puma teamed up with one of England's top-flight soccer clubs, Arsenal FC, to promote a sponsorship deal.

  • Nike earnings beat estimates; shares edge higher Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    Nike reported quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analysts' expectations on Thursday.

  • Gillette aims for a swivel in sales from new razor Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    Gillette hopes its FlexBall razor can boost stagnant razor sales with a nifty new swiveling feature.

  • Retail earnings to blossom?  Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:27 PM ET

    What to make of CEOs who blame weather for poor sales, and what investors can expect from spring sales, with Mary Epner, Mary Epner retail analysis.

  • Retailers feel spring fever  Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Gap will report earnings after the closing bell. CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on a few positive earnings surprises from other retailers.

  • Lululemon forecasts lower first-quarter results Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 7:18 AM ET
    A sign is displayed on a Lululemon Athletica Inc. store in Pasadena, California.

    Lululemon Athletica forecast lower-than-expected current-quarter results, after posting a profit that was almost unchanged from a year earlier.

  • As US speedskaters struggle, focus turns to suits Friday, 14 Feb 2014 | 9:28 AM ET
    Heather Richardson of the United States competes during the Women's 1000m Speed Skating event on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

    U.S. speedskating team's miserable performance during the first week of the Olympics has turned the speculation to their high-tech skinsuits.

  • JC Penney's plan: Out with the new, in with the old Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 | 2:03 PM ET

    After two years of declining sales, J.C. Penney is reducing some high-profile brands introduced by former CEO Ron Johnson and reviving old labels.

  • 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.

  • Spanx billionaire learns not to use this word in UK Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 | 10:10 AM ET

    Sara Blakely, the inventor of Spanx and founder of the women's undergarment company that's made her a billionaire, recounts an embarrassing BBC interview in which she used a word that has a very different meaning in England than it has in the U.S.

  • Done with dinner? Macy's open Thanksgiving Day Monday, 14 Oct 2013 | 5:51 PM ET
    A shopper carries a Macy's shopping bag along the Magnificent Mile shopping district in Chicago.

    Black Friday just keeps getting earlier and earlier! Macy's is giving in to the trend and says it will be open on Thanksgiving day.

  • Undercover reporter finds 9-year old factory boss Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 2:47 PM ET
    Meem, 9 years old, works inside a garment factory in Dhaka, in Bangladesh. September 23, 2013.

    The Toronto Star sent reporter Raveena Aulakh to work undercover at a Bangladesh garment factory and found a nine-year-old girl working there.

  • Toyota wins wrongful death suit over acceleration Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 9:59 AM ET

    A California jury found Toyota not liable in a wrongful death lawsuit over alleged defects that caused some vehicles to unexpectedly accelerate.

  • Elon Musk's blog post on Tesla Model S fire Friday, 4 Oct 2013 | 7:45 PM ET
    A screenshot from a YouTube video shows a Tesla Model S on fire as a result of a battery fire.

    Tesla's Elon Musk defended the Tesla after one caught fire, saying such an incident would've been much worse with a gasoline-powered vehicle.

  • A 'brief' foray into a threadbare US sector Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | 1:00 PM ET

    Jake Bronstein says he's discovered a largely untapped vein of demand for premium, American-made men's underwear.

  • Cool products for hot women Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    To ease temperature-related complaints, mattress sellers have launched several new products after noticing that couples and hot flash-suffering women were having restless nights.