Food and Staples Retailing


  • 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.

  • Girl Scouts

    For the past 35 years, Little Brownie Bakers has been making Girl Scout Cookies. But there’s a story behind this story.

  • A Tie for the Title of Largest American-Owned Brewer Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 12:10 PM ET
    A pint of Sam Adams Boston Lager sits on a table inside the tasting room at the Boston Beer Co.'s Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Yuengling, which already bills itself as “America’s oldest brewery,” will now have to share the “Largest American Brewer” title with the Boston Beer Company. 

  • Retailers See Happier Valentine's Day Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 12:02 PM ET

    For you and me Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance. For flower growers and chocolate makers, it's one of the busiest days of the year and a sign of an improving economy.

  • A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

    In this age of Facebook and Twitter, capitalizing on new media is both an opportunity and a conundrum for many companies. Social media can be a great way to connect and stay top-of-mind with consumers, but how can you really quantify what a “like” on Facebook is worth? This is a question the country’s No. 3 craft brewer recently set out to answer, and it now says it’s determined what its Facebook fans mean to its bottom line.

  • PepsiCo CEO: We’re Not Splitting the Company Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 11:21 AM ET

    PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi put to rest chatter the Purchase, N.Y., giant would be splitting off its lucrative chip business, saying the companies “together create a lot more shareholder value than apart.”

  • The Real Cost of Overtime Is Higher Than You Think Tuesday, 7 Feb 2012 | 1:06 PM ET

    Be it grocery shopping, housekeeping, or the hunt for shoes, full-time workers are willing to spend more on outsourcing errands, so they can work longer. According to the International Concierge and Lifestyle Management Association, spending on personal assistant or errand services is no longer reserved for the uber-wealthy — it's gone mainstream.

  • Consumers are showing an increasing preference for store brands over brand names, and it’s not all about the price.

  • Bud Bets Big on Super Bowl Week Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 4:35 PM ET

    It’s been an up-and-down few months for world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev. But the global giant is hoping this week marks the start of a super turnaround. The brewer is trying to regain market share with the introduction of two products Bud Platinum Light and Select 55. Both will be promoted heavily during the Super Bowl.

  • As Spirits Sales Grow, a Thirst for New Products Monday, 30 Jan 2012 | 3:36 PM ET
    Women drinking cocktails at a club.

    The recession put spirits businesses on guard. But the industry’s trade group says sales are growing, and it might be time to crank up the innovation machine and take a few more chances.

  • Weird Celebrity Chef Endorsements Friday, 27 Jan 2012 | 4:14 PM ET
    Paula Deen

    Paula Deen has been teaching comfort food cooks since 2002. On January 17, 2012, she announced her diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. She also announced that she had become the spokesperson for the anti-diabetes drug Victoza. However, she’s hardly the only celebrity chef to make a questionable endorsement deal.

  • Pollsters are estimating a record number of people, perhaps as many 173 million, will be watching as the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5.

  • Former NBA Player Competes in Retail Arena Friday, 27 Jan 2012 | 10:33 AM ET
    Kevin Willis

    Former NBA player Kevin Willis is expanding his Willis & Walker clothing line — a line he started 24 years ago when he was playing forward for the Atlanta Hawks — from bespoke suits to the mass big and tall market.

  • JC Penny

    Before the start of JC Penney’s analyst day, William Ackman, largest holder of of JCP shares and Board Member, told CNBC it would be the most important day for retail in 25 years. Now that is a lot of pressure. Today is day two.

  • Rich Shoppers Are as Bargain-Hungry as Less Affluent Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 2:31 PM ET

    Penny-pinching isn't just for the poor. The wealthy are just as interested in clipping coupons, hunting down deals, and keeping spending in check with shopping lists as less affluent consumers, according to a recent survey. That doesn't mean there aren't opportunties to make money.