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  • Annie's: Buy or Sell?     Tuesday, 3 Apr 2012 | 3:43 PM ET

    The organic food maker Annie's has doubled since its IPO last week and is up about 9 percent today. Francis Gaskins, IPODesktop.com editor/president, offers insight on the trade.

  • Wayfair

    Retailers may want to take a hard look at Pinterest if they aren't already doing so. Evidence continues to suggest the social media website is a good way to generate customer leads. That's certainly the experience Wayfair, an ecommerce company that sells home furnishings, is having.

  • Frozen Yogurt Franchise Surge: Still Room for Dessert? Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 10:27 AM ET
    Red Mango yogurt

    Forecasts for an increasingly crowded and competitive market have not deterred “fro-yo” companies from embarking on ambitious expansion plans to capture an increasingly health-conscious U.S. consumer.

  • National Grocers Stop Buying 'Pink Slime' Beef Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    Two supermarket chains said Thursday they will join the growing list of stores that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."

  • Thank You Easter Bunny! Easter Spending to Rise 11% Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 9:59 AM ET
    Easter Eggs

    Retailers will likely have a Happy Easter as Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets to celebrate the holiday, according to the results of a recent survey.

  • The pace of the decline in soda sales quickened in 2011, despite growth in the overall beverage market.

  • Unique Neighborhood Coffee Shops Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:36 AM ET
    Whether dark roast, light roast, with milk or black, no matter how you take your morning cup, you are part of a worldwide community of java drinkers that have made coffee one of the world’s top-traded agricultural commodities.For as many coffee drinkers as there are in the country, it seems there are just as many coffee shops, from international chains to the coffee house on the corner. It’s those neighborhood Coffee appliance maker Krups created its Best Brew Awards in 2011 to honor the best sm

    This year, voters chose 10 shops from across the country to receive the Best Brew Award. Find out who the winners are.

  • Are Cupcakes Still a Sweet Spot for Business? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 11:35 AM ET
    Hummingbird cupcake

    A handful of big-name players within the cupcake industry are betting that America’s cupcake obsession will continue as they embark upon ambitious expansion plans.

  • The Proper Way to Enjoy a Guinness     Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 7:50 AM ET

    The proper way to pour and enjoy a Guinness, with Fergal Murray, Guinness Beer master brewer.

  • Fat Profits in Fried Food?     Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 2:42 PM ET

    Elliott Schlang, Great Lakes Review, identifies several deep-fried stocks that could help make you money.

  • A Healthier Hotel? It’s More Than Adding a Gym Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    If the idea of a health and wellness hotel brand seems odd, think again.

  • SmashBurger CEO on Jobs Market     Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Insight on SmashBurger's expansion and plans to create over 1200 jobs, with Dave Prokupek, Smashburger CEO, who says the company is seeing a big shift in consumption.

  • Beer Companies Looking Beyond Beer for Growth Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 3:13 PM ET

    It appears the fastest way to growth for many beer companies is to look beyond beer. The latest example came Tuesday when Molson Coors Brewing announced it is launching Coors Light Iced Tea in Canada next month, with a possible U.S rollout at a later date.

  • Business Climate, Travel Improving: Loews Exec Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 4:43 PM ET
    Service bell at hotel reception

    The U.S. business economy is improving and with it business travel, said Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of Loews.

  • Gilt Focused on Raising Margins Ahead of IPO: CEO Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 4:50 PM ET
    Apple iPad

    Online retailer Gilt Groupe is working on becoming more profitable ahead of going public, which will likely be next year, CEO Susan Lyne told CNBC Thursday.

  • According to this year's “How America Shops” survey, conducted by WSL/Strategic Retail, it now takes an income of more than $150,000 to be able to afford the basics, the extras and to save too.

  • Retailers Expected to Post Robust Sales in February Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 3:46 PM ET
    Two women walking to car after shopping

    The Thomson Reuters Same Store Sales Index, which tracks the companies that will report monthly sales late Wednesday and early Thursday, is expected to rise 4.8 percent in February. That's on top of last February's 4.0 percent gain.

  • Retailers 'Leap' at the Chance for an Extra Day of Sales Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 1:37 PM ET

    Happy Leap Year! What are you doing with your extra day this year? Retailers and restaurants hope the answer will be spending, and they are pulling out the stops to coax you through their doors to spend.

  • Well-Off, Educated and Tech Savvy: The New Couponer Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
    Woman couponing

    Bargain-seeking consumers fueled a 63-percent surge in coupon redemption last year as they increasingly turned to the Internet and their smartphones for deals, according to new data from Coupons.org.

  • The 2012 Premiere Napa Valley Trade Auction at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Helena, CA.

    Forget Dow 13,000, for an indication of which direction the economy may be heading look no further than Napa Valley. After a record $3.1 million in wine was sold at the Premier Napa Valley trade auction this past weekend, it appears the economy may be looking up.