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  • History Shows US Headed For Recession: Investor Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 7:47 AM ET
    Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    The current low rate of GDP (gross domestic product) growth in the United States indicates that the world's largest economy is headed for another recession, according to Anthony Doyle, Director of Investment Specialists M&G Investments.

  • Weak Western Markets Curb Metro Sales Growth Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 6:12 AM ET
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    German retail group Metro saw sales grow only marginally in the second quarter, led by its emerging markets business, as weak consumer spending in Western Europe weighed on its results.

  • Fed May Have Options If US Defaults: Lockhart Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 4:03 PM ET

    Don't look to the Federal Reserve to offset the damage if the debt ceiling isn't raised by Aug. 2, two regional Fed presidents told CNBC Friday. However, they say the Fed may have options down the road to offset any damage to the U.S. economy.

  • PPR Beats Forecasts, Pulled by Luxury Brands Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 1:44 AM ET
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    French retail and luxury group PPR page90PPR-FRfalsefalse43pricetruefalsefalsefalse0QuotefalsetrueChartfalsetrueNewsfalsetrueProfilefalsetrueAdd to Watchlistfalsetruetruehttp://api-cdn.cnbc.com/api/chart/chart.aspGE4true3 on Friday posted forecast-beating first-half sales and profits, pulled by the strong growth of its luxury brands in major markets such as China.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook  Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Melissa Francis looks at the week's top business news and investing advice, including sovereign debt plays and tech stocks.

  • Gold Could Hit $1,700 by End of the Year: Analyst Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 1:39 AM ET

    Gold is likely to hit $1,650 an ounce by the end of the year and could even hit $1,700, according to one analyst.

  • Rich Americans Spend More on Luxury Goods Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 4:53 AM ET

    Wealthy Americans, who are expected to increase their spending on luxury items by 8 percent to $359 billion this year, are no longer embarassed at flaunting their wealth despite an economic slowdown which has caused hardship on many who have lost their jobs, David Arnold, publisher of luxury magazine the Robb Report told CNBC.

  • Casino Warns Carrefour It Can Halt Brazil Deal Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 | 1:10 AM ET

    France's Casino warned archrival Carrefour on Monday that a merger of its Brazil unit and the country's biggest retailer, Grupo Pao de Acucar, could not go ahead without its consent.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook  Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 5:00 PM ET

    The week's top business news and investment advice, including end of QE2 plays, European equities, financial favorites and more.

  • Consumer Stocks Doing Well Despite Economic Gloom Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 1:59 PM ET

    Despite high unemployment, debt ceiling fears, riots in Greece, earthquakes in Japan and a host of other negative headlines, most of the American consumer related stocks are doing pretty darn well lately.

  • CEO Blog: Why GDP Growth Has Not Provided Jobs Yet Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 10:54 AM ET

    Why aren’t businesses hiring? There is a lot of analysis about this, but, to get a better understanding, it may be best to work in reverse by looking at the past and figuring out what the relative strength or weakness of conditions are today and then examine which policies, if any, might work.

  • Gold Still Prized as a Safe Haven: Gold Bull Friday, 24 Jun 2011 | 4:24 AM ET
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  • Gas Pump

    Gasoline prices should drop more quickly now that governments are stepping in to pump up world oil supplies, but drivers are still unlikely to see last summer's levels below $3 a gallon.

  • U.S. consumers, hobbled by debt and high unemployment, have been deleveraging, a process that will take another 3 to 5 years, Stephen Roach, Morgan Stanley’s non-executive chairman and the author of The Next Asia told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • Nearly Half of US Think New Recession Is Coming: Poll Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 | 6:31 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking on Fiscal Policy

    Worries about the economy pose a serious threat to President Obama’s re-election chances, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

  • US Lacks Vision, Strategy to Be Exceptional: Welch Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 11:48 AM ET

    The United States lacks a "fundamental strategy" for being the "most innovative, the most productive, the most competitive country on Earth," former General Electric chairman Jack Welch told CNBC Monday.

  • Diamond Prices Set To Sparkle Thursday, 9 Jun 2011 | 9:29 PM ET
    Diamonds

    Diamonds are, apparently, forever, and they are fetching record prices in the rough.

  • Job seekers wait in line to have their résumés reviewed at the second annual Anaheim/Orange County Job Fair.

    The market had been expecting Friday’s US jobs data to be weak but the scale of the drop in employment growth in May still took many by surprise.

  • Ford Chairman: Manufacturing in America  Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 10:03 AM ET

    The auto industry has continued to hire even though the manufacturing sector lost 5,000 jobs in May. Analysis of the future of the auto industry, with William Ford, Ford executive chairman, and CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Washington, Beijing to Block Money Printing Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 4:05 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    The economic data in the US is heading south and investors are beginning to question whether the Federal Reserve will extend its asset-buying program beyond the end of the month.