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  • Barbie needs a makeover as sales sag Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:48 AM ET
    Barbie Collection 2014 dolls are shown at the press preview of the Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany.

    Barbie sales have disappointed toy maker Mattel, and consumers may not run back to the classic doll any time soon.

  • Back-to-school season should be 'one of best': Pro Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    Retail sales increased less than expected in June, but apparel retailers are doing well and should see more strength this year, experts say.

  • June's retail funk     Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    Who might buy Aeropostale, and which retailers should investors watch, with Mary Epner, Retail Analysis principal, and Jan Kniffen, J Rogers Kniffen Worldwide CEO.

  • NEW YORK, July 15- U.S. Yellen speaks before the Senate Banking Committee at 1000 EDT and again to the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday as part of its semiannual monetary policy report.

  • *New York state manufacturing at more than four-year high. WASHINGTON, July 15- A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose solidly in June, in the latest sign that the economy ended the second quarter on a firmer footing.

  • US retail sales tick up 0.2 percent in June Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 8:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. retail sales increased slightly in June, evidence that consumers remain cautious despite steady job gains this year. Retail sales rose just 0.2 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, held back by a sharp drop at building and garden supply stores. Sales also fell at restaurants and at auto dealers.

  • US import prices creep up in June, inflation benign Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    U.S. import prices rose less than expected in June as a drop in food costs offset an increase in petroleum, suggesting inflation pressures remained benign.

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- U.S. retail sales increased less than expected in June as receipts at automobiles dealerships surprisingly fell, but details of Tuesday's report suggested the economy was on a solid footing at the end of the second quarter.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US Retail Sales Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department releases rPiletail sales data for June. The report will come out at 8:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday. Economists now expect growth of 3 percent, according to a survey released Friday by the National Association for Business Economics.

  • BRASILIA, July 14- Retail sales in Brazil probably dropped for a third straight month in May, as weak confidence and higher interest rates continued to hurt consumer demand, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.

  • Santelli: 'Jury's out,' so is he     Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 12:12 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli says the jury is still out on whether Fed policy is working.

  • Earnings season is all about the consumer: trader Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    Traders will be watching earnings to see if the rebounding consumer will now be the engine of economic growth, says NYSE floor trader Kenny Polcari.

  • The Week That Was: Good news from Alcoa     Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks back at the week's top business and financial stories.

  • Macro pressures intense for consumers: Pro     Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    Discussing if consumers are to blame for retailers' poor performances, with Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial, and Ed Yruma, Keybanc Capital Markets, provide perspective.

  • NeverWet's new liquid repellent     Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    The "Street Signs" crew tests out NeverWet's new products, with Ronald Rice, RPM International president & COO, and Ed Voorhees, Rust-Oleum North America President. One product is for boot and shoe, one for fabric and one for auto upholstery.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases retail sales data for June, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for May, 10 a.m.. BERLIN— Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly index of investor confidence in Europe's biggest economy.

  • One grocery's chain answer to a cutthroat industry Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 12:50 PM ET
    Lowes Foods grocery store in Clemmons, NC.

    Grocers must create an "in-store sensory experience...that can't be packaged and delivered by mail," an expert says.

  • Retail in a funk?     Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman takes a look at whether the economy is to blame for the recent retail rut. And the FMHR crew reveal their best retails plays.

  • Time to short Twitter?     Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    David Miller, Catalyst senior portfolio manager, reveals why he is seeing an opportunity to execute a short play on Twitter.

  • Pro's favorite insider plays: GE, DKS & OPK     Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    David Miller, Catalyst senior portfolio manager, says we have a bifurcated market where certain sectors have good insider buying and certain sectors have gotten very expensive. Miller reveals his favorite insider stock picks.