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  • Analysts Upbeat on Back-To-School Stocks Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 9:07 AM ET
    Back to school

    Trace Urdan and Dana Telsey agree: Despite the slowdown in most back-to-school stocks, some sectors are looking bullish.

  • Specialty Tape Crashes Olympics Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 1:59 AM ET
    U.S. beach volleyball team Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, from left, celebrate after they won 2-0 against Brazil's team Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Silva during their final match at the FIVB beach volleyball world championships in Berlin on Saturday, June 25, 2005. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup 2005 runs through Sunday, June 26, 2005, in German capital. (AP Photo/ Jan Bauer)

    With Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor winning women's beach volleyball today, Kinesio comes out as a big winner as well. The company hasn't paid Walsh or any other Olympic athlete a dime to wear its strange looking tape -- they just donated 50,000 rolls to 58 countries competing in Beijing.

  • Sports Illustrated Cover Statistics Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 1:18 AM ET

    This week's Sports Illustrated is Michael Phelps' fourth appearance on the cover. For those that are interested, here are the people that have made the most appearances on the cover of the publication. For the record, I have every cover with Michael Jordan on it.

  • Usain 'Lightning' Bolt: Best Name Ever? Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 3:37 PM ET
    Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt is the world record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. Being the first guy to win Olympic gold in both since Carl Lewis did it in 1984 is a big deal. But the name "Bolt" is marketing gold. Know a better one? Tell me!

  • Michael Phelps' Wardrobe Malfunction: Reader Poll Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 1:08 PM ET
    Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps showed up to the Bud party here in Beijing last night wearing a Lacoste shirt and a Lacoste hat. How about it, readers -- Take my poll: Should he ONLY wear his sponsors' togs??

  • Home Repairs in Vogue as Consumers Feel Pinched Wednesday, 20 Aug 2008 | 7:57 AM ET
    Home Depot

    With the housing market in the doldrums and inflation running at a pace unseen in nearly two decades, consumers are not buying new homes. Instead they are fixing up the ones they have, a trend that is beginning to show up in the financial reports of retailers, the New York Times reported.

  • What Is Phelps' Legacy? Tuesday, 19 Aug 2008 | 9:19 AM ET

    As people debate whether Michael Phelps will be a lasting icon, one company says its data shows that Phelps' legacy is bigger than the legacy of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

  • My Interview With Michael Phelps Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 5:28 PM ET

    Today, at a news conference announcing that Michael Phelps would be in London for the closing ceremony -- with a Visa handoff event to the 2012 games -- I had a chance to catch up with the swimming superstar.

  • Lowe's Profit Beats Forecasts, Shares Rise Monday, 18 Aug 2008 | 9:51 AM ET
    Lowe's

    Lowe's said Monday its second-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent, but managed to top Wall Street expectations as the home improvement chain benefited from green thumbs repairing last year's drought-stricken gardens, tight expense controls and better-than-expected sales.

  • J.C. Penney Profit Fell 36% as Sales Decline Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 1:19 PM ET
    JC Penney

    J.C. Penney said on Friday quarterly profit fell 36 percent and forecast earnings for the current quarter below Wall Street expectations, hurt by cutbacks in consumer spending.

  • H&M Defies Retail Gloom as July Sales Top Forecast Friday, 15 Aug 2008 | 3:19 AM ET

    Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz posted better-than-expected sales figures for July on Friday, defying an economic slowdown, as cost-conscious shoppers appeared to favor its moderately priced clothes.

  • Retail Sales Drop for First Time in 5 Months Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 10:39 AM ET

    Total sales at U.S. retailers edged down 0.1 percent in July on another big drop in auto sales, as consumers strain to keep up spending amid rising prices.

  • US Benefits From Worries About the Global Economy Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 10:02 AM ET

    An August poll of fund managers  showed a shift in favor of U.S. assets with a more positive attitude towards the dollar.

  • Best Buy Will Start Selling iPhones Wednesday, 13 Aug 2008 | 5:13 AM ET
    Apple iPhone

    Best Buy will start selling the iPhone on Sept. 7, becoming first U.S. chain to do so outside of Apple's and AT&T's own stores.

  • Chinese Shoppers Go on Record Spending Spree Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 11:43 PM ET
    China Retail

    Chinese shoppers turned in a gold-medal performance in July as annual growth in retail sales accelerated to a record 23.3 percent on the back of rising incomes.

  • Today's Top Videos: New Dells, Speedos & More Tuesday, 12 Aug 2008 | 6:20 PM ET

    Dell introduces their new line of laptops, designed to have the greatest security, the longest battery life and the most robust design, while Warnaco's Speedo is the most desired swimwear for Olympic swimmers. Following are today's top videos:

  • Miami Fashion Week Swim 2009 Collections Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 3:32 PM ET
    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim is presented annually in Miami Beach, Florida, at The Raleigh Hotel. Coinciding with the swimwear industry's largest trade show, the invitation only event provides a runway platform for designers' swimwear and resort collections with exposure to national and international media, style setters and fashionistas.

    This invitation-only event provides a runway platform for designers' swimwear and resort collections with exposure to national and international media, style setters and fashionistas.

  • CEOs on Being 'Recession-Resistant,' the Games & More Monday, 11 Aug 2008 | 11:22 AM ET

    CEOs from McDonalds, Adidas and WPP Group looking to boost sales from the long-awaited Beijing Olympic games, talked about their various strategies to expand brand image, their views on the economy, and more on CNBC.

  • The Next China Story: the Consumer Saturday, 9 Aug 2008 | 9:40 AM ET

    Following its years of rapid economic growth mostly in industrial and tech sectors, what's next for China? According to some analysts, including today's guest Zach Karabell, the Chinese consumer is key to the continuing growth of the Chinese economy -- and the Chinese economy is key to the continuing growth of the global economy.

  • Fast & Furious - Aug 8 2008 Saturday, 9 Aug 2008 | 1:23 AM ET

    Time for Fast & Furious -- you know the drill!