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  • Retailer Seeks Hit With 'Dragon Tattoo' Clothing Line Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 6:13 PM ET

    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" has been a blockbuster book for Swedish author Stieg Larsson. But can fictional character Lisbeth Salander sell clothes? Swedish retailer H&M is banking on it.

  • Have You Committed Coupon Fraud Without Knowing It? Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 | 12:52 PM ET

    As the final days of the holiday shopping season approach, shoppers are looking for bargains, bargains, bargains. But there's a dark side to all this savvy shopping — retailers are losing millions of dollars due to promotions that are entered incorrectly into computer systems or because of coupon fraud.

  • More Americans Pledge to Pay Off Debt in 2012 Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 1:07 PM ET

    Fidelity Investments polls adults each year about their financial resolutions. Although saving more and spending less continue to be the top two goals, paying off debt has surged into the top three responses in the latest survey.

  • Shoplifters Steal What 'You and I Want Most' Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 6:27 PM ET
    retail sales

    Shoplifting is an ever-present concern for retailers but with increased traffic and less attention on shoppers during the holidays, retail theft becomes an even bigger problem.  What's being stolen?  "The things that you and I want most," according to one expert.

  • The Most Shocking Thing People Steal Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 5:03 PM ET

    There's a new list of the most shoplifted items out and there are some predictable things on it, like booze, razor blades and Elmo dolls. But meat? Thieves of America, what is the meaning of this?

  • Wine Retailer Hopes for A Mobile Merry Christmas Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 2:29 PM ET

    Retailers of every shape and size are hoping to cash in during this always-important holiday season. Among those hoping to end the year with a bang is the nation’s largest online wine distributor, for whom the holiday season is always crucial period.

  • Think Elvis Costello's Music Is Too Pricey? So Does He Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 | 11:58 AM ET
    Elvis Costello

    Elvis Costello's website describes the price of a new limited-edition box set as "either a misprint or a satire." In an unusual step, the singer recommends that shoppers buy a less expensive Louis Armstrong compilation instead.

  • Goldman Sachs Puts Coal In Black Friday's Stocking Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 5:01 PM ET

    The cost of getting the customer’s attention during the holidays is going up for retailers, which may put a damper on sales.

  • Cyber Monday

    A record number of shoppers are expected to go online to snag Cyber Monday deals, which at some retailers, began Sunday night.

  • Amazon Dominates Cyber Monday Internet Buzz Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 12:44 PM ET
    Amazon.com's fulfillment center in Fernley, Nevada.

    Amazon.com is dominating today's online "Cyber Monday" buzz, according to our exclusive CNBC Real-Time Retail Read.

  • Turkey Talk     Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 12:27 PM ET

    Companies best positioned to benefit from the holiday, with Irwin Simon, Hain Celestial CEO, who says Thanksgiving is a big deal for the company.

  • Don't Talk Ourselves Into Recession: UK Retail Giant Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 3:01 AM ET

    Sainsbury's, the UK supermarket group, has called on the British government to do everything possible to make the British consumer make good about themselves as the retail industry enters the crucial holiday season.

  • A Chinese customer leaves after shopping at Beijing's first Wal-Mart supercenter October 14, 2006 in Beijing, China. Wal-Mart workers in China have set up unions at all 62 Chinese outlets in what a senior Chinese trade union official described on October 12th as a breakthrough for organized labor.

    It will not be easy for Wal-Mart to win back Chinese consumers after the recent controversy over mislabeling of organic pork.

  • A Start-Up Takes on Procter & Gamble Over a Name Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 10:42 AM ET
    Shoppers check out at a newly-opened Target store near Royersford, Pa., on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. Discount retailer Target Corp. said Tuesday its third-quarter profit rose 16 percent, beating analyst expectations as its sales rose 11 percent. (AP Photo/George Widman)

    When Procter & Gamble challenged Christy Prunier's name Willa for a line of skin care products for preteenagers, Prunier chose to fight. The case goes to court next month, the New York Times reports.

  • Wesfarmers Strong Sales Cause Surprise     Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 4:40 AM ET

    "The environment for food retailing is pretty good in Australia at the moment. We are attracting around two million more customers into our stores every week," Richard Goyder, chief executive at Wesfarmers, told CNBC.

  • Q2 Retail Rise Postive Sign: UBS Research Head     Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 | 4:30 AM ET

    "We have had a lot of volatility on the retail sales data because of the Royal Wedding and the number of public holidays. The June data was quite positive, so I think a small increase again in July is an encouraging sign," Stephane Deo, head of european economic research at UBS, told CNBC.

  • Eckhard Cordes     Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 9:55 AM ET

    Eckhard Cordes, CEO Metro AG

  • Target Is Hiring — And Options Bulls Are Buying Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 11:24 AM ET

    Ahead of its earnings report in mid-August, the retailer has announced plans to add 6,300 employees. Some early birds have jumped in to buy more than 6,000 August 50 calls for $1.63.

  • Why Wal-Mart is Losing Market Share in China Monday, 20 Jun 2011 | 7:33 PM ET
    Walmart Stores

    Even though Wal-Mart has 333 outlets and $7.5 billion in revenue in China, my firm estimates its market share has plummeted to 5.5 percent from 8 percent three years ago because it has not reacted fast enough to key trends.

  • How Fresh Direct Is Disrupting the Grocery Business Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 10:18 AM ET

    Online grocery company Fresh Direct is using a combination of old world skills and new world technology to change the way Americans shop at supermarkets.