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  • 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.

  • Black Friday Preview     Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 12:37 PM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan has the story on retailers trying to lure shoppers to increase revenue sales, and Apple is holding a rare one-day holiday shopping event for Black Friday.

  • Black Friday Retail Sales Preview     Monday, 21 Nov 2011 | 6:33 AM ET

    The shopping outlook for this holiday season, with Chris Horvers, J.P. Morgan retail-hardlines analyst.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Holiday Shopping: Bracing for Black Friday     Friday, 18 Nov 2011 | 2:35 PM ET

    A look at the people who will actually be out shopping next Friday, as well as the hot trends this year, like comparison shopping, with CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • 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.

  • Recession-Proof GNC     Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 12:00 PM ET

    GNC is proving that health products may be recession-proof, with Joe Fortunato, chairman & CEO for GNC.

  • 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.

  • Why Retailers Aren't Out of the Woods     Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    Peter Boockvar, Miller Tabak Co, explains why retailers should still worry despite solid sales gains in October.

  • 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
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    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.

  • What Americans Will Spend This Xmas     Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    A projection of how much Americans will spend during the holiday season this year, with David Henry, Kimco Realty Corp.

  • Former Xerox CEO on Politics & Business     Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 7:09 AM ET

    Insight on why politics and business are so closely intertwined, with Anne Mulcahy, former Xerox chairman/CEO, who says big business is a bit separated from consumer demand and sentiment overhang. She adds that companies are not making huge investments and are leveraging.

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