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  • Dell Earnings Preview: Bigger Slice of the PC Pie? Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 12:38 PM ET
    Dell

    Computer maker Dell is scheduled to report its fiscal second-quarter results after the market closes Thursday. The following is a summary of key developments and analyst opinion about the period.

  • Will Nastia Liukin Make Kids Eat Their Wheaties? Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 | 11:24 AM ET
    Nastia Liukin

    General Mills announced today that gold medal gymnast Nastia Liukin and gold medal decathlete Bryan Clay will grace its famous Wheaties boxes in a couple of weeks. It is the "Breakfast of Champions," of course, but who is eating it these days? To be honest, the only reason why I ever bought a Wheaties box is as a collector's item...

  • Venus Williams Sports Her 'Eleven' Dress Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 6:55 PM ET

    Venus Williams played her first round U.S. Open match under the lights Tuesday night, wearing a new style dress from her Steve & Barry's "Eleven" line. Last year, Williams' move to take a deal with the innovative low-cost retailer got a lot of attention.

  • Interview with Nike Brand President Charlie Denson Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 12:53 AM ET
    Nike

    I talked to Nike's brand president Charlie Denson about Nike's participation in the Beijing Olympics and how it's fared in sponsoring the likes of basketball player Kobe Bryant and hurdler Liu Xiang.

  • Most Marketable Sports Names Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | 12:08 AM ET
    Jamaica's Usain Bolt passes by the scoreboard as he sets a new world record to win the gold medal in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    On Wednesday, I wrote that Usain Bolt could be the most marketable sports name ever, but I enlisted your help to try to seek out others. Here are the Top 10 submissions.

  • Pizza Delivery Is Guaranteed Again Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 11:09 PM ET

    Since there is plenty of sports business going on here in Beijing, I've tried to keep the cultural posts to a minimum, but before I leave here I have to tell you one major thing: Domino's delivery here is 30 minutes or less -- guaranteed.

  • The Pros & Cons of Pawn Shops Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 8:59 PM ET

    As the economy buckles, these old dens of shady business are reinventing themselves. Here's what you need to know.

  • Bargains That Aren't What They Seem Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 8:47 PM ET

    Debunking today's biggest retail "deals."

  • IAC Interactive Shares Leap after Company Split Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    Shares in IAC InterActive, run by media veteran Barry Diller, rose more than 9 percent Thursday after the company was divided into four publicly traded entities and IAC announced a one-for-two reverse stock split.

  • Gap Names Wyatt President of Struggling Old Navy Thursday, 21 Aug 2008 | 12:36 PM ET
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    Gap announced Thursday that it has named Tom Wyatt, a 30-year retail veteran, as president of its struggling Old Navy chain.

  • 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
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    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.