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  • Blu-ray officially won the high-def format war, and now everyone who was burned is licking their wounds. Toshiba announced it will lose $1.1 billion in fiscal 2007 due to losing the format battle.

  • Nike Profit Tops Forecasts on Strong Overseas Sales Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 5:02 PM ET
    Nike

    Nike, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear and apparel, reported a third-quarter profit that easily beat expectations, helped by strong international sales of shoes and clothing buoyed by a weak dollar.

  • Best Buy's $10 Million Hit Over Blu-ray Shows Master PR Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 12:56 PM ET
    Best Buy

    Break out the spandex, the high waisted pants with big belts and the big jewelry--but keep the spiral perms please. Not since the betamax-vhs battles of the 1980s have the tech and entertainment wars over video format been this heated.

  • Music Makers: The New Scene For a New Age Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    The traditional music biz is over as CD sales dropped about 20 percent from 2006 and 2007. And revenues from that physical music business are likely to comprise just 20 percent of an up and coming band's revenue stream.

  • Metro Forecast Disappoints, Shares Slump Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:10 AM ET

    Metro, Germany's biggest retailer, disappointed investors on Tuesday with a lacklustre plan to revamp its Real hypermarkets and a conservative 2008 forecast.

  • St. Paddy's Day Sports: NBA, Tiger, NCAA Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:04 AM ET

    St. Patrick's Day retail spending is supposed to be down this year, according to the National Retail Federation, but I'm not sure that's going to be the case in the sports world, which has experienced a major bump in recent years.

  • Stocks Close Higher After S&P-Fueled Rally Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 4:32 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher Thursday after Standard & Poor's delivered the words Wall Street was waiting to hear: The end is in sight.

  • Retail Rebound Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 4:01 PM ET

    Don’t listen to the retail bears. Some of the best consumer names are trading at such cheap valuations that it would be foolish not to take a look.

  • Retailers: You Need More Than Celeb Name For Customers Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 3:15 PM ET
    Rachel Bilson

    I declare the celebrity fashion line trend over to be over at this moment. Please, let it be over. Let me explain. Rachel Bilson, the 26-year old actress from the former Fox teen drama "The OC," now has her own line of denim with DKNY jeans.

  • Stocks Rebound After S&P, Housing News Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 2:00 PM ET

    Stocks plunged Thursday following news of the imminent collapse of Carlyle Capital and the dollar's 12-year low against the yen.

  • Financials Lead Sell-Off After Carlyle News Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 11:25 AM ET

    Stocks plunged Thursday following news of the imminent collapse of Carlyle Capital and the dollar's 12-year low against the yen.

  • Futures down 17 points, as Carlyle Capital's mortgage unit is on the verge of bankruptcy; their lenders are forcing the sale of assets to meet margin calls. They are in default of margin calls of over $400 million and are highly leveraged.

  • Zegna Lures U.S. Men -- With NFL's Manning Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 4:20 PM ET

    Superbowl foes Eli Manning of the NY Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots had a friendly run-in last night. The two Zegna-clad quarterbacks were chatting it up with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on the 3rd floor of the newly refurbished Manhattan Zegna flagship on 5th Avenue. While Eli's fiancee waited around for her man, Giselle Bundchen made a hasty exit when the photo ops began...

  • Sports Biz Roundup Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 3:06 PM ET

    I've been so engrossed in the Minor League Baseball logo contest that I haven't filled you in on everything else that's going on in the sports business world. Here are a couple of notes worthy of mentioning.

  • China Retail Sales Robust, Inflation a Factor Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 12:25 AM ET
    China Retail

    China's retail sales grew by 20.2 percent in January and February from a year earlier, supported by strong consumer spending but also propped up by the highest inflation in nearly 12 years.

  • Lululemon Looks Sweeter After Upgrade Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    An upgrade? In the retail sector? Other than Wal-Mart and the trade-down retailers, it is hard to find a store that analysts have faith in during this consumer slowdown. Today, though, Credit Suisse surprised with an upgrade of fashionable sportswear company Lululemon Athletica.

  • StickK.com: Take a Contract Out On Yourself Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 11:16 AM ET

    Want to lose weight, get a new job, stop smoking and floss every day? Whatever your goal is, let's face it: you won't do it without a serious incentive. At Stickk.com you can put your money where your mouth is and achieve your goals.

  • McDonald's Shares Rise on February's Sales Gains Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 8:12 AM ET
    A McDonalds sign welcomes patrons into the restaurant in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast-food chain, says its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled, thanks in large part to the spinoff of a burrito chain and strong sales in Europe. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

    McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food chain, said Monday sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 11.7 globally in February.

  • American Apparel: Update On My Update Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    I blog all the time on various topics in retail. The three topics that have gotten readers fired up: Wal-Mart, late flower deliveries on Valentine's Day and American Apparel. Anyhow, while I've been much more focused on retail sales data and consumer health lately, I have been asked to stay on top of the American Apparel case.

  • S&P 500 Index Closes Below January Low Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 4:37 PM ET

    Wall Street was poised to open mostly lower on Thursday, despite positive retail sales numbers as the market continued to worry over the battered financial sector.