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  • Wal-Mart Hits Stocks; Microsoft Boosts Tech Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 10:51 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Weak Wal-Mart Sales Send Futures Lower Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 9:10 AM ET

    Weaker-than-expected December numbers from Wal-Mart sent stock futures sharply lower as retailers overall painted a bleak picture of holiday sales.

  • Discounters Will Continue to Lead Retail: Telsey Thursday, 8 Jan 2009 | 8:01 AM ET

    Discounters are the Lords of Retailing in this recessionary economic realm, according to Telsey Advisory Group chief research officer Dana Telsey.  "The warehouse clubs, the discounters overall...whether it's high-end or low-end, the changes in the environment are leading consumers of all income levels to want value," she told CNBC.

  • Industry Slowdown May Steal Show Wednesday, 7 Jan 2009 | 12:41 PM ET
    Samsung's flat-panel television display is shown at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    CES will be something of a preview of what’s to come for the consumer electronics industry this year. Less will have to be more, as revenue and investment shrink while buyers and profits become scarce.

  • How To Do Sponsorship Right: Chick-Fil-A Bowl Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 5:18 PM ET

    Tonight is the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. I'm sure it will be a good one between Georgia Tech and the LSU Tigers. But the reason I'm writing about this is because, in a world where so many sponsorships don't make sense, this one is probably among the best I've ever seen. Here are five things the sports marketing world can learn from Chick-Fil-A's sponsorship of this bowl game.

  • Outdoor Hockey: My Interview with NHL Chief Bettman Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 4:48 PM ET

    Tomorrow afternoon will be the one day of the year I will be watching hockey as the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings play outside at Wrigley Field. The Bridgestone Winter Classic is the talk of the town and hockey outdoors has actually managed to get some big-time buzz. This morning, I spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the game.

  • My Interview with Super-Agent Scott Boras Wednesday, 31 Dec 2008 | 1:51 PM ET
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    Superagent Scott Boras has made waves again this offseason as the agent of Mark Teixeira. He's also still negotiating for Derek Lowe and Manny Ramirez, among others. This morning on "Squawk Box," I sat down with Boras for a wide-ranging interview.

  • 5 Tips for Easy Holiday Returns Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 5:46 PM ET

    With retail sales in the toilet this year, many stores won't be as forgiving when it comes to returns.

  • Stocks Finish Up, But Santa Skips Wall St. Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 4:15 PM ET

    Stocks finished higher Friday on a day when Wall Street looked like a ghost town, but the week ended without a visit from a much-anticipated Santa Claus rally.

  • Stocks Go Flat as Techs Slip, Autos Rise Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 2:02 PM ET

    Stocks edged higher at the open as Wall Street looked for a boost from a Christmas gift for GMAC and some heavy holiday activity at selected retailers.

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    Retailers' fortunes will be decided in the next six days of post-Christmas sales. Many stores are slashing prices yet again, simply to move inventory out the door.

  • Retailers Suffer Dismal Christmas Sales Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 11:59 AM ET
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    Computer screens burned bright this season as shoppers avoided the mall and surfed the internet for Christmas bargains. E-commerce was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal holiday.

  • The Honus Wagner Card: A Buyer's Lifetime Obsession Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
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    In August, Arkansas businessman John Rogers bought one of the famous Honus Wagner cards for $1.62 million. It was only months ago and the economy certainly hasn't made things better. So we were confused when Rogers put it up for sale on eBay...

  • The Detroit Lions — Marketable? Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 10:34 AM ET
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    We all know the New England Patriots would have been plenty marketable if they had beaten the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and became the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to go undefeated. But how about the Detroit Lions, who on Sunday could become the first team to go 0-for-season since the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

  • Futures Head Higher on GMAC Approval Friday, 26 Dec 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    Stock index futures pointed to a low-volume rally pushed by the approval of General Motors' financing arm to become a bank holding company.

  • Shoppers Bring Haggling Skills to The Mall Monday, 22 Dec 2008 | 8:11 AM ET
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    With holiday sales shaping up to be the lowest in years, possibly the worst since the industry began annual comparisons in 1969, retailers say they're taking consumers' demands for good deals seriously. Some are extending return policies, while others are matching competitors' prices.

  • NBA's Best Deals For Fans In Tough Times Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 4:41 PM ET

    I really have to hand it to the NBA. All their teams are doing something to try to get fans into the arenas during this tough time. Here are the best deals we found across the entire league. Please note, in order to get the lowest price, all these packages are for the worst seats in the house. Still, it gets you in the building.

  • Sports Merchandise: Prices Getting Lower And Lower Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 2:51 PM ET
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    At a Modell’s I visited this morning, they had a special that advertised NFL replica jerseys– regularly $79.99– at $29.99 and $39.99. It was on select jerseys, but the special was supposed to be on Fridays and Saturdays. It, of course, was a Thursday.

  • Avon, Tupperware Thrive in Economic Downturn Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 12:30 PM ET
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    With people looking for some extra cash to soften the blow of the holidays on their bank accounts, direct-selling companies, like Avon Products, Tupperware and Popular Club are seeing a recruitment boom.

  • Airline Baggage Fees Deliver Boost to UPS Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 | 3:57 PM ET
    A hydraulic hybrid UPS delivery truck is seen with the Philadelphia skyline in the background during a demonstration in Philadelphia, on Friday, June 23, 2006. The UPS truck uses an Environmental Protection Agency patented hydraulic hybrid technology that the EPA claims will increase fuel efficiency by 60 to 70 percent. Full hydraulic hybrid technology means that the conventional transmission and transfer case have been removed and replaced with a hydraulic drivetrain. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    As holiday travelers prepare to go over the river and through the woods for the holidays, more folks are looking for ways to avoid airline fees for checking extra baggage. This has been a boost for United Parcel Service's business.