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  • What holiday shoppers want this year  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    Holiday shoppers in New York City share their strategies and trends for this year's retail season.

  • Viva cigars! Easing of Cuba trade would be 'huge' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    A woman smokes a cigar during the XVI Havana Cigar Festival in Havana last February.

    The end of the embargo is big news for cigar lovers, but it's not likely that Americans will be firing up right away.

  • Hard to be bullish with Russia  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    The sharp decline in the Russian ruble has led to the public's faith in the ruble evaporating, says Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, who thinks the public seem "bearish".

  • Better act fast: Deadlines loom for online orders  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Attention, procrastinators: Time is running out to place your online orders for guaranteed delivery by Christmas. The deadline to choose standard delivery and receive packages by Christmas is Friday.

  • No bull: Shoppers bought poop on Black Friday Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:50 PM ET

    Those who fell for Cards Against Humanity's Black Friday promotion, received exactly what they paid for: literal cow droppings.

  • Steven Boal, Coupons.com CEO, discusses the impact of mobile shopping on retail sales, and the company's stock price.

  • Why brick-and-mortar stores still matter Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:08 PM ET
    Foot traffic was slow at both Sears and Kmart to kick off the holiday season, leading to some Sunday clearance sales.

    Despite the popularity of online shopping, brick-and-mortar stores still matter, says Byron Carlock, the real estate sector leader for PwC.

  • Amazon sellers irate after error causes penny sales Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:06 PM ET
    A parcel is prepared for shipment at Amazon's warehouse in Hemel Hempstead, England.

    One retailer lost more than $30,000 after the software glitch error. Some sellers have hired a lawyer to recoup costs.

  • Move over beer and wine; whiskey's time has come Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Sales for whiskey continue to rise, as do the number of craft distilleries popping up across the country.

  • Chocolate drought a 'fair trade' issue: Torres Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    As candy lovers around the world contribute to a global chocolate deficit, one chocolatier has a simple solution to the brewing crisis.

  • The perfect gift (she won't break up with you for) Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    Some women would break up with you for the wrong gift? Forget it. Here's how you find the perfect gift, says Miriam Segal.

  • Santa may have elves, but you have these apps Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:18 PM ET
    Scanning a barcode with the ShopSavvy app.

    Lots of apps claim to offer solutions for the stressed shopper, but which ones are worth it? As with most things that depends on what kind of shopper you are.

  • CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks back at the week's top business and financial stories. Oil continued its fall this week, and airline profits soared as a result. Lower pump prices boost retail.

  • Crude cost really matter to retail?  Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 2:21 PM ET

    Jan Kniffen, J. Rogers Kniffen Worldwide Enterprises CEO, discusses the cost of low crude oil is really a benefit to retailers.

  • It's a very merry mobile Christmas  Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:40 AM ET

    Mobile is placing purchasing power in the hands of consumers, says Gian Fulgoni, comScore co-founder, providing insight to online shopping.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Jack Reed can see the recovery taking hold at his family's 109- year-old clothing store in Tupelo, Mississippi, with sales buoyed in part by the paychecks tied to a Toyota plant up the road and rising confidence that the jobs are here to stay. Our shoppers seem more confident than they did a year ago, "said Reed, 63, whose chain of four stores clocked a...

  • Carbon38's fashion forward activewear  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    Carbon38 co-founders Caroline Gogolak and Katie Warner Johnson, discuss their luxury athletic apparel line and pricing strategy.

  • Low oil good for you, me & the economy  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Discussing today's strong retail data, CNBC's Steve Liesman and the Fast Money trader Josh Brown discuss the impact of low oil on retail and the U.S. economy.

  • Retail sales details  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman provides the latest read on retail sales and what it means for economic growth.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. The Commerce Department said on Thursday retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services, increased 0.6 percent...