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  • Phil LeBeau on Autos Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:36 PM ET
    2010 Ford Taurus

    Look for solid auto sales, with Ford, Jeep, Hyundai/Kia and Tesla in the spotlight.

  • Consumers: New Year's Resolution Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:36 PM ET

    Shoppers will pick through the after-holiday sales, and then put their wallets away for the rest of the year.

  • Energy: Flack Over Fracking Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 2:33 PM ET

    Scrutiny over oil and gas fracking, a hard landing for rare earth stocks, and a surprising jobs engine.

  • Black Friday Sales Surge     Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 10:17 AM ET

    A closer look at Black Friday results and the holiday retail season, with Adrianne Shapira, Goldman Sachs senior analyst.

  • Cyber Monday Shopping     Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 7:46 AM ET

    A look at whether the retail sizzle will soon fizzle, with Marshal Cohen, The NPD Group chief industry analyst, who says consumers are spending on themselves more this year due to pent up demand and the wait for discounts.

  • Cyber Monday Spending     Monday, 28 Nov 2011 | 7:45 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan tracks online spending on the biggest internet shopping day of the year and takes a look at mobile shopping with the use of Android-based operating systems.

  • For Black Friday Novices, Not a Night of Conversion Saturday, 26 Nov 2011 | 12:03 AM ET
    People make purchases inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Shoppers on their initial Black Friday excursions found good deals, but many did not seem to think it was worth braving the crowds. The NYT reports.

  • Friday’s Deals May Not Be the Best Friday, 25 Nov 2011 | 7:28 AM ET
    Stack of U.S. hundred-dollar bills

    Oren Etzioni writes articles about artificial intelligence for scholarly journals, is a renowned expert on data mining and gained fame when Microsoft paid $115 million for Farecast, an airline-ticket price predictor he founded.

  • Merry Mobile Christmas: MCommerce Takes Off Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 8:27 AM ET

    As shoppers hunt down bargains and gift ideas for the holidays, it will be hard for some to remember a time when they couldn’t pull out their smartphone and hunt down a store location, compare a product’s price, or scan customer reviews.

  • Super Committee Fail Frustrates Main Street Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 4:34 PM ET

    Even before the super committee decided to not decide on Monday, members of CNBC.com's Small Business Council were skeptical it would deliver on promises to cut the deficit and create programs that would help the economy move forward.

  • Value of Black Friday     Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 4:32 PM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan takes a look at the real value of Black Friday and discusses the retail stocks to watch, with Anthony Chukumba, BB&T Capital Markets, and Tom O'Donnell, Chase Bank.

  • Help for Retirement Shortfalls Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 3:36 PM ET

    Ameriprise Financial examined where consumers are most confident about retirement. Many expressed a nagging sense that they hadn’t saved enough money to keep them afloat. They’re right to worry, but they still have time for corrections.

  • Plentiful Electronic Deals Are a Win for Consumers Friday, 18 Nov 2011 | 3:29 PM ET
    A customer purchases the Amazon.com Inc. Kindle Fire tablet computer at a Best Buy Co. store in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Amazon.com Inc.

    With declining categories such as GPS devices and computers, no new must-have videogame console, and little buzz beyond tablets as the next big must-have gadget, consumer electronics is poised to have a blue holiday.

  • For bargain hunters on the prowl for the best deal, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no longer an either-or proposition — and that’s a huge plus for consumers.

  • Nordstrom bag

    Wealthy Americans may appear to the masses as a unified group, but there is divergence in the attitudes of the rich toward holiday spending this year – which means that the key to how the holiday season unfolds may rest in the hands of the wealthiest.

  • With the poor job market and uncertain recovery, hundreds of thousands of Americans have put off moving out on their own — and that's depriving the economy of a lot of activity. The New York Times reports.

  • Time to Bet on Return of US Consumer: Fund Manager Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 11:49 PM ET
    A couple has iced coffee drinks at a Starbucks Coffee shop in lower Manhattan August 21, 2009 in New York City. Starbucks, America's dominant coffeehouse chain, is changing some of its prices, raising them for elaborate specialty drinks and cutting prices for some others.

    The high unemployment and low consumer confidence in the U.S. may have prompted investors to steer clear of consumer-related bets. But one fund manager is taking the opposite view, believing the return of prosperity in America will bolster shares in consumer discretionary stocks.

  • PetSmart CEO on Consumer Spending     Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 8:18 AM ET

    An outlook on what Petsmart expects in service sales, with Robert Moran, PetSmart CEO, who shares the company's plans for expansion.

  • Gold Will Hit $2,400 Bubble: Jim Rogers Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 6:38 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    Gold has many years left on its bull run, but the precious metal will eventually reach a bubble, famed investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Wednesday.

  • October Employment Up 104,000     Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 8:30 AM ET

    Breaking down a weaker than expected October's employment data, which is up 104,000 and the unemployment rate at nine percent, with CNBC's Hampton Pearson; Diane Swonk, Mersirow Financial; MarkeZandi, Moody's Analytics; CNBC's Steve Liesman & Rick Santelli.