Retail Sales


  • Fashion Week: Model Selection Could Be Better Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 12:47 PM ET
    Marchesa Fall 2007

    During a week of runway strutfests, it was a breath of fresh air to experience the layout and presentation of the Marchesa show. The line of evening gowns was displayed more like a costume exhibit than a runway show...

  • Retailers Surprise With Strong August Sales Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 11:37 AM ET

    As children prepared to head back-to-school, consumers headed back to the stores and malls, boosting sales for a wide range of U.S. retailers.

  • Wal-Mart August Sales Beat Expectations Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 10:40 AM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday reported a higher-than-expected 3.1 percent rise in August sales at its U.S. stores open at least a year as the retailer cut prices to entice more back-to-school shoppers.

  • Retail Numbers: Too Good For Rate Cut? Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 9:03 AM ET

    Looks like Costco's disappointing August store sales was an anomaly. The good news is that retailers beat expectations, almost across the board. A number of retailers noted that some school districts in Texas and Florida went back to school a week later, which gave a boost in August.

  • HMV Group Sales Rise 5.8% in First Quarter Thursday, 6 Sep 2007 | 7:26 AM ET

    Music and books retailer HMV Group reported a 5.8% rise in first-quarter sales on Thursday, as wet summer weather increased demand for CDs and readers devoured the final chapter in the Harry Potter series.

  • Video Roundup: Retailers Facing Mixed Fall Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 6:03 PM ET

    CNBC's Margaret Brennan reports from the Goldman Sachs retail conference in New York.

  • Apple iPod Special Event: The Live Blog Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 5:17 PM ET

    The Apple event is over and so is our live blogging. To read the post from the event's beginning, start at the bottom of the page. Thanks everyone, it was a blast to do. 2:20 pm ET:  Event is concluding now. A little technical glitch with her beat machine, but she got that fixed and now KT is performing. Keep watching CNBC and CNBC.com. We may have a special interview coming up.

  • Consumer, Credit "Concerns" At GS Conference Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 12:25 PM ET

    If you were looking for a sign of the times when it comes to the mood of the marketplace, my location today may be a fair indicator. It is the first day of Fashion Week and rather than being under the tents in Bryant Park, I am at the Goldman Sachs investor conference.

  • Home Depot Expects Housing Weakness into 2008 Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 11:41 AM ET

    Home Depot expects no recovery in the U.S. housing market for the rest of 2007 and continued weakness into next year, Chief Executive Frank Blake said Wednesday.

  • Costco Shares Tumble on Disappointing Sales Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 10:34 AM ET
    A Costco employee pulls shopping charts at a Costco Wholesale store.

    Warehouse retailer Costco Wholesale reported weaker-than-expected August sales, which were hurt by lower gasoline prices, weaker tobacco demand and a decline in store traffic, and shares fell as much as 6 percent in early trading.

  • Apple's 'Beat' To Go On Tomorrow (Be Here!) Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 12:25 PM ET

    Apple Inc. calls the gathering "...And the Beat Goes On," but investors wonder whether the news coming Tuesday at the invite-only special event will be enough to pump these shares even more. Speculation abounds at just exactly what Apple will unveil: the big money bet is on a redesigned family of iPods...

  • Michigan, Appalachian State: Who Really Won? Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 8:44 AM ET

    The University of Michigan's loss to Appalachian State on Saturday was such an upset partly because of the financial differences between the two schools. If Appalachian State sells out every home game this year, they will make roughly $2.1 million (charging a little more than $20 a head with 16,650 seats per game. Michigan has sold out all eight home games already...

  • Nestle to Take Over Swiss Water Firm Henniez Tuesday, 4 Sep 2007 | 4:35 AM ET

    Nestle, the world's largest food company, on Tuesday said it had agreed to take over Swiss water bottler Henniez, first by buying a 62% stake and then by launching a public tender.

  • European Stocks End Mixed, Banking Sector Rebounds Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 11:56 AM ET

    European stocks closed mixed on Monday in thin trading because of a national holiday in the U.S. and on anticipation of a busy week.

  • Gizmos, Apple And Star Wars Top CB-TC! Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 3:34 PM ET
    Apple Ipod Nano

    This week's Tech Check during "Closing Bell" offers a nice cross-section of gizmo headlines and a look at the news that's likely to come from Apple next Wednesday. Get ready for a re-designed iPod, the first major changes of the device in two years. Lots of rumors about a full touch-screen, no buttons, bigger memory, the Mac OS on board, and maybe even wi-fi downloads.

  • L'Oreal CEO Confident on 2007 Despite U.S. Slowdown Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 8:14 AM ET

    L'Oreal said on Friday it was confident on the outlook for 2007, despite signs of a slowdown in the United States, thanks to booming demand in new markets and the launch of new brands like Sanoflore and Diesel.

  • Australian Shoppers Spend Freely, Fueling Growth Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 12:26 AM ET

    Australian consumers spent freely for a second straight month in July as strong employment, high consumer confidence and generous tax cuts combined to get the third quarter off to a brisk start.

  • Video Roundup: What's Ahead for Retailers? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 3:47 PM ET

    What's in store for the retail group--and can consumers keep up their spending? CNBC takes a look at what lies ahead.

  • Dell: Are Tailwinds Now In PC Maker's Favor? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 12:34 PM ET

    It's been a rough year for Dell, characterized by a particularly rough quarter that saw the company try to put deep financial shenanigans behind it: the pay-out of a $40-million-plus severance package for fired CEO Kevin Rollins, trying to deal with a restructuring that cost the company 8,000 jobs, continued loss of market share to rival Hewlett-Packard and shipment problems that hurt its most recent product introductions.

  • CVS August Same-Store Sales Rise 4.9% Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 9:09 AM ET

    CVS Caremark, the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager, Thursday posted a 4.9 percent rise in August sales at stores open at least a year, driven by strong sales of general merchandise.