Retail Sales


  • Stop Trading: A "Horrible Market" Tuesday, 18 Nov 2008 | 4:56 PM ET

    You know it's been a bad Wall Street session when Cramer starts off his "Stop Trading" segment with the blunt comment, "This is a horrible market." He goes on to list the various factors: insurers, banks, retail and minerals (he didn't even mention the autos!).

  • A Gift Card as the Perfect Gift? Not Anymore. Tuesday, 18 Nov 2008 | 4:04 PM ET

    Gift cards used to offer shoppers the perfect holiday punt: You could avoid the mall and still be a hero for giving a great gift. But the crazy discounts that have resulted from the downturn in spending have changed the playing field and gift-card sales are expected to fall for the first time in five years.

  • BabyEarth

    From rings on QVC to toys on Amazon, retailers are increasingly using video to sell their products on the Web. But today's Web videos are going far beyond product demos: Can we interest you in a virtual salesperson or a zombie video?!

  • If a company offers a strongly branded product for 40 percent off the suggested price, it sets up a perception in the customer’s mind that the product should be offered at that lower price all the time.

  • How to Shop Smart & Secure Online Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | 8:59 PM ET

    Follow these rules to make sure your credit card information stays safe this holiday season.

  • If you're in the camp that thinks giving a gift card at the holidays is a bit of a cop-out, retailers have upped the ante this holiday season by rolling out some that put the "gift" in gift card.

  • G20 Meeting: "The Results Will Be Moderate" Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | 9:09 AM ET

    As the G-20 meets in Washington, there is a lot of parsing of commentary from attending politicians.

  • JC Penney Profit Drops, Forecast Falls Short Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | 8:21 AM ET
    JC Penney
  • Your Best TV Buys Now Thursday, 13 Nov 2008 | 10:10 PM ET

    In the market for a new tube? with electronics stores begging for business, flat-screen prices are falling fast.

  • Why You Should Worry About Weak Holiday Sales Thursday, 13 Nov 2008 | 4:34 PM ET

    Throw out the old rule book. This year, the stakes are different for retailers, says Global Hunter Securities Consumer Strategist Richard Hastings. He predicts retail sales will contract between 6 percent and 8 percent, sending shockwaves throughout the global economy.

  • Toy Trends: Lean and Barbie Green Thursday, 13 Nov 2008 | 12:04 PM ET
    Barbie B Cause Mini Backpack

    The desire to splurge on children at the holidays tends to make toys somewhat recession-proof. Still, with Mom and Dad watching their budgets more closely, toymakers are rolling out items at a wider range of price points to snag sales.

  • New Lows? We've Found Them Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | 4:07 PM ET

    The NASDAQ broke the old closing low of 1505.90. We did not break the old closing low of 848.92 on the S&P set on October 27th, but we are very close. Let's not quibble.

  • Christmas on Consignment Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | 12:01 PM ET
    Leiber 'Glisten' Evening Handbag

    When times get tough, women cut back on spending on themselves first. So when it comes to the holiday party — if there is one — this year, more women are rummaging through their closet, borrowing or buying secondhand instead of buying a new party dress.

  • The Future Of The Sports Fantasy Market Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | 11:30 AM ET

    With a rising consumer interest in the fantasy sports marketplace (7% over the past five years in the United States and Canada), I wanted to focus on some of the key trends that will serve as discussion points over the next 1-3 years.

  • Looking At The Best Deals In Sports Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | 9:05 AM ET
    Blue Jackets Fans

    Take a quick moment to think about the last time you attended a sporting event and considered it a great value. Has that ever happened? If it has, did it occur in the past six months?

  • Web Extra: Five Things to Cut From Your Budget Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 9:15 PM ET

    Carmen offers tips for how to make some room in your household budget in this web exclusive.

  • Is This Year's Holiday Shopping Season Doomed? Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 9:04 PM ET

    With haggard U.S. consumers not willing to spend this holiday season, is there anything to truly be merry about?

  • Finally, a Cheery Holiday Forecast for Retailers Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 4:58 PM ET

    Great news, Santa! Shoppers on the east coast may not have to brave the elements to deck the halls this season.

  • Mall Operator Shares Plunge on Viability Concerns Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 11:02 AM ET

    Shares of General Growth Properties fell 73 percent on Tuesday after the second-largest U.S. mall owner expressed doubts that it could continue operating due to its looming near-term debt.

  • A Dozen Fine Cigars Tuesday, 11 Nov 2008 | 9:01 AM ET
    Love em or hate em, for centuries cigars have been the choice tobacco product for millions of smokers and like fine wine, has been universally recognized as a sophisticated vice of the well-heeled connoisseur. The US spends more than $1 billion a year on the often sneered at stogie and its impact on popular culture has grown with celebrities such as James Gandolfini's character Tony Soprano who was rarely seen without one protruding from his face.Whether you favor the lighter claro wrappers or t

    Whether you favor the lighter claro wrappers or the darker maduro, see what Cigar Aficionado's editors select as their choice sticks for this season.