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  • 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.

  • Barman pulling a pint of stout

    Regional distribution for many craft brewers is limited, the demand is not. The category continues to show consistent growth year after year and the question facing many brewers is how to best meet increased demand.

  • 6 Companies Battling for Americans’ Grocery Money Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 12:53 PM ET

    Consumer-staples retailers are undergoing abrupt changes to their industry. The latest example is the battle over Americans' grocery purchases being waged by traditional supermarkets, dollar-discount stores, big-box department stores and wholesale clubs.

  • 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.