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  • Walmart Cashier

    Headlines about Wal-Mart Stores' better-than-expected earnings mean that, at least for now, Wall Street isn't so concerned about bribery allegations in Mexico and impending investigations.

  • Investing in restaurants has a bad name. But plenty of people find ways to run restaurants profitably and make a good deal of money from the enterprise.

  • The Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 11 May 2012 | 11:28 AM ET

    Here's the latest "Six Pack," a look at six news items that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits, as we head into the weekend. This week, Beam's Maker's Mark wins a trademark case for its red wax seal, Anheuser-Bush rolls out a cider, and Andrea Bocelli launches a wine line.

  • Diageo's Craft Beer Black Eye: Brewdog Claims Blackmail Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 2:37 PM ET

    Diageo was forced to apologize after it became known that the company allegedly pressured an industry association to award it a prize originally intended for Scottish craft brewer BrewDog.

  • Produce

    When was the last time you heard of brand love so strong, it inspired customers to break into song? Well that's exactly what happened when Wegmans, a grocery chain with a cult-like fan base, opened its first store in Massachusetts.

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

    We caught up with brewing pioneer Ken Grossman to talk about Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the business of craft beer: past, present and future.

  • The Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 4 May 2012 | 10:42 AM ET

    Here's the latest "Six Pack," a look at six news items that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits, as we head into the weekend. This week, a look at Dos Equis food trucks, Sam Adams earnings, and more.

  • Prices Up Due to Commodities Costs: Clorox CEO Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 5:41 PM ET
    Green Works

    CEO Donald Knauss told CNBC Clorox was faced with $140 million to $150 million more in commodities costs, and that meant raising prices on its household cleaners, bleach and other consumer products.

  • Although consumers have been steadily shifting to private-label foods and beverages, the shift may be born out of necessity rather than a deliberate choice on the part of the consumer, according to the findings of a new report from NPD Group.

  • Cramer's Stocks to Stay Away From Friday, 27 Apr 2012 | 8:36 PM ET

    Stock sell-offs can make for attractive buying opportunities, but Cramer said not all stocks are worth buying on a pullback.

  • The Six Pack: Beer Buzz of the Week Friday, 27 Apr 2012 | 3:53 PM ET

    Introducing Consumer Nation “Six Pack” — a look at six news items that have consumers buzzing in the world of beer, wine and spirits, as we head into the weekend.

  • Wal-Mart to Offer Cash Option for Online Purchases Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 12:07 PM ET
    Cyber Monday

    Wal-Mart will offer its online shoppers a “pay with cash” option. The program plays to Wal-Mart’s key customer, a low-income consumer who may have little access to credit cards and banking options.

  • Wal-Mart in Mexico: Bribe or Operating Procedure? Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
    Walmart Home Office

    "I have no idea how Wal-Mart operates but I do know how Mexico operates," former foreign minister Jorge Castaneda told CNBC's Squawk on the Street Monday.

  • Recession-Proof Industries Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

  • Priceline Profiting From the Procrastinator: CEO Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 11:51 AM ET
    Priceline

    Priceline.com is profiting from the old adage that good things come to those who wait, offering  last-minute hotel and car bookers ways to get discounts through its mobile application.

  • Fransmart

    For the first time in history, it may be considered frugal to eat out!

  • The Fight to Win Your Breakfast Dollar Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 12:51 PM ET
    Bagel and Cream Cheese

    Market research firm NPD Group says that 80 percent of morning meals are purchased from fast food establishments and research shows that people care less about the price of their breakfast than any other meal because it’s so much about convenience and speed.

  • Mayorga Coffee

    Through an 18 month period, we saw our overall cost of goods increase 40% and we challenged ourselves to take on the brunt of the impact.

  • Cyr: Food Inflation Squeezing Juice Business Friday, 13 Apr 2012 | 10:44 AM ET
    SunnyD

    Consumers have been squeezed – and it shows in their purchasing behavior. In our business, each 1% increase in price typically reduces consumption by 1%.

  • Smoking Out the Hot Tobacco Stocks Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    With interest rates so low, the story of 2011 was the hunt for yield. As a result, a tremendous amount of money flowed into tobacco stocks. But 2012 is a different story — at least with U.S.-based brands.