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  • *Nike shares fall in premarket after outlook. NEW YORK, March 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a week of strong gains, though geopolitical concerns remained in view as the tenuous situation in Ukraine continued.

  • March 19- Apparel maker Guess Inc forecast a surprise loss for the current quarter, citing weak traffic at its stores in North America and pressure in its wholesale business in Europe.

  • BEIJING, March 17- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has joined the race to develop' smart' household appliances, partnering with Chinese electronic goods maker Midea Group to produce home devices that talk to each other. Alibaba said on Sunday its long-awaited IPO, expected to be valued at over $15 billion, will take place in the United States.

  • NEW YORK, March 13- Cotton is no longer king of the U.S. apparel industry as lower prices fail to revive consumer demand and once-mocked man-made fibers take a permanent place in American wardrobes.

  • *Says expects 1st- qtr earnings/share $0.00 vs est $0.13. March 11- Teen apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc forecast current-quarter earnings below analysts' estimates as it struggles to attract shoppers amid intense competition from "fast fashion" chains.

  • PORCIA, Italy, March 9- The boxy white and grey factory of this rainy northern town makes fewer than half the washing machines it did when Italy joined the euro. Home appliance maker Electrolux, which owns the factory, wants to cut the salaries of some 5,000 workers at the plant and three other factories across Italy by up to 15 percent over the next three years.

  • BEIJING, March 4- China's decision last month to sell a stake in a subsidiary of Sinopec Corp signals more privatisation of its bloated state-owned sector will take place soon, with plans likely to be discussed at this week's parliament session, officials and experts said.

  • TOKYO, Feb 26- Goldman Sachs Group Inc is considering putting money into a major Japanese airport, the latest foreign investor to eye infrastructure projects as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to open up the market.

  • 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

    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.

  • Guess Shares Shine After Earnings Top Forecast Friday, 31 May 2013 | 1:43 PM ET

    Guess shares surged more than 9 percent Friday following better-than-expected profit despite a significant decline from a year earlier, reports TheSteet.com.

  • China's Changing Consumer Landscape     Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 7:40 PM ET

    C.V. Ramachandran, Head, Asia at Alix Partners speaks about the shift in China's changing consumer landscape and growth opportunities in the sector.