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  • Costco Quarterly Profit Rises on Jump in Sales Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 1:58 PM ET
    A Costco employee pulls shopping charts at a Costco Wholesale store.

    Costco Wholesale, the biggest U.S. warehouse club operator, said Thursday its quarterly profit jumped 32 percent, beating expectations, as shoppers flocked to its stores for discounts on food and gasoline.

  • Sears

    Sears Holdings Chairman Eddie Lampert himself said that he didn’t see a near-term turnaround in the consumer economy and admitted that sales were below where the company wanted them to be.

  • Under Armour Takes A Run--At Running Shoe Market Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 12:16 PM ET
    Under Armour

    The running shoe market is going to be the brand's biggest test yet and even though Under Armour does have issues that have kept them cold on the street--namely a 96 percent U.S. Business and too much inventory in the winter.

  • Retailers "Re-Tooling" In Down Economy: Your Emails Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 3:27 PM ET

    Last week I posted some features on interesting ways that retailers are refocusing to foster growth during this period of contraction. Far and away the most viewer email came in response to my feature on Texas Roadhouse.

  • Dow Chemical's CEO: Where's the U.S. Energy Plan? Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 9:10 AM ET

    Dow's CEO, Andrew Liveris, noted that first quarter feedstock and energy costs were up "a staggering 42 percent," putting strains on the company and its relations with customers. For most chemical companies, price increases have failed to keep up with raw material increases.

  • Playgrounds Offer Imaginative Sponshorship Opportunity Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 10:34 AM ET

    Architect David Rockwell has designed playgrounds for grownups, including the Nobu restaurants, W Hotels, the Mohegan Sun casino and the JetBlue terminal at Kennedy Airport in New York. Now, he's designing playgrounds for kids, and that could be a good sponsorhip opportunity for you or your corporation. David Rockwell, Founder of the Rockwell Group explains.

  • Home Depot, Lowe's Are Good Long Term Bets: Barron's Monday, 26 May 2008 | 7:07 AM ET

    Shares of home improvement retailers Home Depot and Lowe's are good long-term bets given an eventual recovery in the U.S. housing market, an article in the May 26 edition of Barron's said.

  • The strategy: grow Wal-Mart’s stores by narrowing their focus. While some communities have resisted Wal-Mart’s entry, the retailer reached out to the Dearborn community to see what products would be appropriate and well-received on their shelves.

  • Kimberly-Clark to Raise Prices By Up to 8% Friday, 23 May 2008 | 9:11 AM ET

    Kimberly-Clark, marker of Kleenex tissues, Huggies diapers and a host of other consumer products, said Friday it would raise prices by 6 percent to 8 percent in the third quarter to offset higher raw material and energy costs.

  • Oil Fever Breaks, Stocks Rise Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 6:10 PM ET

    Crude retreats, giving stocks an opportunity to edge higher, but not without shaking up the market. Find out how to trade the airlines, Ford, consolidation in energy and more.

  • Retail's Dirty Little Secret: Empty Store Space Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 3:18 PM ET
    Store for lease

    Driving around Southern California’s Ventura and Los Angeles counties, we saw many of those boarded up stores or “for lease” signs in small businesses. In Oxnard, California the local retail organization told me that these areas are getting “redeveloped” but store owners were much less optimistic.

  • Sex, Brands, and the City: Mixing Movies And Products Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 3:06 PM ET
    Sex and The the City

    By all measures, this movie, from Time Warner's New Line Cinema, promises to be huge with the female demographic that so loyally watched the HBO series for six seasons. It's that die-hard female fan base that's attracted huge brands to partner with the film, and earned it the nickname usually reserved for the Oscars: the Super Bowl for women.

  • Higher Oil Prices Grounding Airline Merger? Thursday, 22 May 2008 | 9:10 AM ET

    The original bid for Alitalia by Air France-KLM was based on an oil price of $86 a barrel, according to the Deputy CEO of Air France, in an interview on CNBC Europe. Those talks were shelved a month ago, but at $120 to $130, the Deputy CEO said that Air France-KLM would have to come up with a more "difficult and demanding" business plan.

  • TrialPay: Turning Indecisive Customers Into Buyers Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 9:57 AM ET

    If you're a seller on the Internet, your mission isn't to get more traffic, it's to actually sell your wares. TrialPay.com is a new way to make that happen, as CEO Alex Rampell explains.

  • Retail Picks? Depends on the Growth Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | 8:11 AM ET

    What should investors look for in retail stocks this week?  J. Crew and some niche retailers are offering some growth opportunities, suggests one retail analyst.

  • Steak

    Beef makes up almost half of Roadhouse’s cost of goods. When Hart noticed a spread in the cash and futures prices for beef this past September, he decided to start purchasing 25% of the company’s beef supply from vendors at spot market prices instead of via long-term contracts with vendors.

  • Home Depot's Profit Hurt By Housing Meltdown Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 9:59 AM ET
    Home Depot Shopper

    Home Depot said quarterly profit fell 66 percent as the U.S. housing meltdown hurt sales and it took a charge to close stores and curb expansion plans.

  • Marks & Spencer Profit in Line, Helped by Bonus Cuts Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 9:49 AM ET

    Marks and Spencer said its adjusted annual profits before tax rose 4.3 percent to 1 billion pounds ($2 billion), broadly in line with analysts expectations, helped by the company cutting its staff bonus.

  • Sears' Softer Side: Notes From Shareholders' Meeting Friday, 16 May 2008 | 1:50 PM ET
    Sears

    Without further delay, here are the notes from the Sears shareholders' meeting. A number of Retail Detail readers wrote in to ask when I'd make good on my promise to post notes from the Sears meeting. Sorry for the delay! Here goes.

  • Headbands Help Boost NBA's Bottom Line Friday, 16 May 2008 | 12:21 PM ET
    Darren Rovell wearing the shooting sleeve and headband.

    If you are watching the Celtics-Cavaliers game tonight, count how many players on the court are wearing headbands. Given that it’s a voluntary piece of gear, it will be quite an amazing number.