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  • President-elect Obama Now Sports Wear Endorser? Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | 3:50 PM ET

    President-elect Barack Obama is suddenly the most powerful man in America. And that means that people are listening to what he does or says—or endorses, for that matter.

  • Hot Holiday Toys: Will Elmo Reign Again? Friday, 7 Nov 2008 | 4:38 PM ET

    With a dearth of dazzle in the holiday toy lineup this year, it looks like Elmo may just groove his way to the top again this year. But he might have to battle a robot or triceratops to win that coveted spot under the tree. Let the games begin!

  • Biggest 2 Day Decline Since '87 Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 7:41 PM ET

    Stocks sold off on Thursday in their worst two-day slide since October 1987 with disappointing corporate outlooks and bleak sales from major retailers fueling invsetor fears.

  • Americans Cutting Back on Holiday Gifts: Survey Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 6:03 PM ET
    Target store

    Shoppers are scrimping on holiday gifts, but not when it comes to their pets.

  • Sharapova Joining Enlyten vs. Gatorade War? Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 5:57 PM ET

    It was about a year ago that I covered a brand called Enlyten SportStrips. It's basically Gatorade on one of those strips you put into your mouth. The story got intriguing when the company alleged the NFL pushed them out of a deal with the Buffalo Bills...

  • Weak Data, Strong Opportunity Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 4:03 PM ET

    All those negative same-store sales numbers might add up to positive results for investors.

  • See What People Are Saying About... Holiday Spending Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 12:06 PM ET

    To win more market share during the crucial holiday selling season, Wal-Mart said it will introduce new price cuts every week until Christmas...

  • Holiday Outlook Gloomier After Weak October Sales Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 11:16 AM ET

    Retailers are reporting some of the weakest sales in more than a decade as consumer spending dried up in October amid the uncertainty brought on by the financial crisis and mounting layoffs.

  • Econ, Earnings Numbers End Up Worse Than Expected Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | 9:16 AM ET

    The most important fact about the economic and earnings data in the past couple weeks is that it has generally been worse than the already lowered numbers predicted. We have seen this again this morning, with the exception of the Productivity number.

  • Fast & Furious Trades For Thursday Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | 6:47 PM ET

    Following are the “Fast & Furious” trades - hot ways to play tomorrow's market moving events.

  • Get Ready—Same Store Retail Sales Will Be Awful Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | 2:44 PM ET

    Last week, analysts finally woke up and began aggressively cutting same store sales. As always, they have been late and the stock market has moved ahead of them.

  • Wines to Bring to a Holiday Meal Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | 1:20 PM ET
    We've asked a reputable and distinguished group of wine authorities a simple, yet often frustrating question facing millions this time of year: Which wines would you bring to a holiday meal and why? Click ahead and read which wines experts like Wine Spectator's Executive Editor Thomas Matthews and world renowned chefs Lidia and Joseph Bastianich chose to pair with the traditional American turkey feast with all the fixin's.

    A distinguished group of wine authorities answer an oft-thought question: Which wines would you bring to a holiday meal and why?

  • Debt Crisis Puts Strains on Vender-Retailer Marriage Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | 1:03 PM ET

    Facing the weakest holiday season in nearly two decades, retailers and the vendors who keep their shelves stocked are walking a fine line between helping each other stay afloat and protecting their profits.

  • Walgreen Full October Same-Store Sales Up 2 Percent Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | 9:43 AM ET

    Walgreen Tuesday said October sales at stores open a least a year rose 2 percent, slightly less than the preliminary rise of 2.2 percent it reported last week, before the month had ended.

  • U.S. retail chains may report some of their worst monthly sales results this week as the global financial crisis leaves its mark on ordinary consumers, casting new doubt on holiday season sales.

  • Over the past couple weeks, I've been on many radio shows and the hosts naturally ask me about the economy and sports. One area that I didn't think I was strong as I could be in was the baseball free agent question.

  • Retailers Rely On Advertising To Induce Consumers Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 10:31 AM ET
    Shopper with Bloomingdales Bags

    Halloween isn't just about crazy costumes and sugar highs. For advertisers it represents the unofficial start of holiday-season advertising. Expect to start seeing plenty of ads in your paper urging you to go shopping.

  • OMG! Xmas Sales Are Starting Already Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | 4:02 PM ET

    Take off that Sarah Palin mask and get your shop on because retailers are desperate this year and they've rolled out some hefty sales before the first little pirate or princess even hits the doorbell.

  • On Main Street, Shops Partner to Make Registers Ring Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | 11:49 AM ET

    Gas prices may have come down but with the economy in a tailspin and consumer confidence at its lowest since 1967, small shop owners are taking preventive measures in order to survive what is expected to be the worst holiday season in years.

  • EA Shares Plunge as Game Firm Cuts Profit Outlook Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | 4:51 PM ET

    Video game publisher Electronic Arts says its second-quarter net loss widened as development and marketing costs grew, and the company's shares dropped sharply as it cut its earnings outlook.