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  • Coach CEO Talks Earnings, Consumer  Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 3:42 PM ET

    Lew Frankfort, Coach Chairman & CEO, discusses earnings and whether the consumer is showing strength.

  • Americans Lead in Debt Reduction: Study Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:31 AM ET

    Americans are cutting their debt faster than others and could already be halfway through the deleveraging process, setting the stage for the nation’s economic recovery, says a new report from McKinsey Global Institute.

  • Apple Earnings Preview  Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    Apple will report earnings after tomorrow's closing bell. Andy Hargreaves, Pacific Crest Securities sr. analyst, weighs in on Tim Cook: "He's not Steve Jobs, but nobody is."

  • Stack of U.S. hundred-dollar bills

    According to a just-released poll, 40 percent of affluent Americans are now optimistic about the U.S. economy, the highest level of optimism in nearly six months. However, only three-in-ten think 2012 will be a good year for business.

  • Cruise Disaster Hits Carnival  Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    Will passenger confidence and investor confidence in the cruise industry ever be the same? Joel Simkins, Credit Suisse analyst, discusses the recent downgrades for Carnival and the outlook for industry, in the wake of the Italian cruise ship disaster.

  • Consumer Sentiment Positive  Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli takes a look at the consumer confidence data from January, which reveal positive numbers.

  • Target's New High-End Strategy  Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 12:41 PM ET

    Target plans to launch upscale shops within its stores. What does the high-end strategy mean for Target? Colin McGranahan, analyst at Sanford Bernstein, discusses.

  • Slowdown in the Luxury Sector?  Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 11:50 AM ET

    With Tiffany cutting its yearly earnings guidance on a slowdown in sales, will there be a slowdown in the luxury sector? Insight with Edward Yruma, KeyBanc Capital Markets retail analyst.

  • Macy's CEO on Moody's Stable Outlook  Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 7:14 AM ET

    We set out to reinvent the department store five years ago and we have had massive changes in our company, says Terry Lundgren, Macy's chairman/president/CEO, who adds that re-branding stores to the Macy's brand set the ball in motion, and re-organizing the company has helped Macy's growth in sales.

  • AutoNation CEO on Rising Car Sales  Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 6:55 AM ET

    Mike Jackson, AutoNation chairman & CEO, weighs in on 2011 new vehicle sales, which were up 11% from the previous year. "The usual replacement rate is about 15% per year; this year it will move over 20%," he says.

  • Barnes and Noble CEO's Next Move  Friday, 6 Jan 2012 | 10:12 AM ET

    As the book seller increased its loss estimates for fiscal year due to investments in its digital business led by the Nook e-reader, Barnes & Noble is considering separating the digital business from its core. Insight with William Lynch, Barnes and Noble CEO and CNBC's David Faber.

  • How to Play Retail?  Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 3:15 PM ET

    Insight on the American consumer this holiday season, and how you can make money of the retail sector, with CNBC's Courtney Reagan; David Abella, Rochdale Investment Management; and Betty Chen, Wedbush Securities.

  • Retailers Share Mixed Sales Results  Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    A look at Macy's raising its full year guidance and Target lowering its earnings expectations, with Adrianne Shapira, Goldman Sachs analyst.

  • Talking Numbers: Retail Trade  Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    Traders are watching retail stocks ahead of tomorrow's same store sales data. Which stocks could get a boost from the event? JC O'Hara, Phoenix Partners Group, and Anthony Chukumba, BB&T Capital Markets, discuss.

  • Markets Positive in 2012?  Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:20 PM ET

    Markets are usually positive in the fourth year of a presidential cycle. What can traders expect in 2012? Mark Lehmann, JMP Securities, and Bryan Piskorowski, Wells Fargo Advisors, discuss.

  • Street Signals for 2012  Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan takes a look at Street signs for what's ahead in the coming year.

  • For 2012, Signs Point to Tepid Consumer Spending Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 4:50 AM ET
    Woman window shopping on a snowy street

    As the weak economy has trudged on, they have leaned on credit cards to pay for holiday gifts, many bought at discounts. They are dipping into savings to cover spikes in gas, food and rent. They are substituting domestic vacations for international trips, squeezing more life out of their washing machines and refrigerators and switching to alternatives as meat prices have risen. The New York Times reports.

  • Claiming Social Security Benefits Early Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 4:21 PM ET
    Claiming Social Security Early

    Faith in financial institutions like Social Security has eroded. Many people now wonder aloud if it will be around much longer. Should they claim Social Security early? Financial advisers agree on what course of action to take: Don’t do it.

  • Warmer Weather Hurting Winter Retail  Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 6:50 AM ET

    The lack of a cold winter have hurt retailers trying to sell cold-weather apparel, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • Europe Impacting Stock Picking for 2012  Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 7:16 AM ET

    "We are cautious in the first six months of 2012 - we are concerned about Europe - but the last six months could be okay," says Tom Forester, Forester Value Fund portfolio manager. Forester adds, unless central banks kick in, financials are difficult the first half.