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  • 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.

  • Schwab Impact Conference in SF     Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 3:41 PM ET

    Discussing an optimistic outlook for the economy and the markets, with Neil Hennessy, Hennessy Funds, and Tom Lydon, Global Trends Investments.

  • Consumers Still Spending 'With a Purpose': HSN CEO Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 2:28 PM ET

    American consumers are still spending, cautiously, but doing so when and where they want, HSN's Mindy Grossman told CNBC Wednesday.

  • US Mortgage Applications Bounced Last Week Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 7:15 AM ET
    Mortgage

    Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose last week, recouping some of the steep decline a week before as demand for both purchases and refinancing perked up, an industry group said on Wednesday.

  • Homeserve Halts Telesales Amid Selling Probe Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 5:30 AM ET
    Car Insurance Policy

    Emergency repair and insurance group HomeServe has suspended all telephone sales after it launched a review into whether some of its staff could have been mis-selling products.

  • People, Not Government, Should Be Investing: Rep. Bachus Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 2:29 PM ET

    The American people, not the federal government, should be the ones investing in new businesses that will create jobs, Rep. Spencer Bachus told CNBC Wednesday.

  • New Home Sales     Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 10:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli and Diana Olick break down September new home sales data.

  • The Great Regression of America's Infrastructure Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
    Potholes in road

    America is in the midst of physical decline. Decades of infrastructure neglect are eroding centuries of economic progress. Call it: The Great Regression.

  • September Durable Goods Down .8%     Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 8:30 AM ET

    A breakdown of September's durable goods data, with CNBC's Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman.

  • Consumer Confidence Drops to Lowest Level in 2.5 Years Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 10:09 AM ET
    Stressed out man

    U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly dropped in October to its lowest level since March 2009 as consumers fretted about job and income prospects.

  • "When I look at Zuccotti or McPherson or Grant Park, I’m not surprised the Occupiers don’t have a fixed agenda, writes the best-selling author," adding, "For decades, we’ve been like a tether ball in a schoolyard, pummeled by so much abuse from so many different directions that we’ve just spun around in circles. Now, the Occupiers are stopping the ball."

  • Tough Time for the Consumer     Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | 9:42 AM ET

    Discussing the economic worries and rising food prices that are impacting the consumer and a look at how grocery stores are faring, with Craig Herkert, Supervalu Inc. president/CEO.

  • US Mortgage Default Notices Spike in Third Quarter Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 1:08 AM ET
    Foreclosure

    Bank seizures of US homes fell in the third quarter but an upswing in default notices suggests foreclosures could start to rise again, a report by RealtyTrac said on Thursday.