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  • Cadbury: Social Networking "Sweetens" Business Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 8:24 AM ET
    Cadbury Wispa Bar

    On Friday, I reported about Nielsen's upcoming social networking site, 'Hey! Nielsen.' The idea is to mine online buzz to find out what movies, music, tv, and online video people are talking about online, with the idea to eventually turn that buzz into relevant numbers for advertisers. Nielsen won't be the first to look to social networks for insight.

  • Wal-Mart Stores, is hiring middle-management level executives to help evaluate the type of stores that it operates ahead of the arrival of British grocery Tesco to the United States.

  • Vogue Proving That Print Is Alive (With The Internet) Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 10:10 AM ET
    Vogue Magazine, September 2007

    Who said print was dead? September's issue of Vogue (owned by Conde Nast) boasts a record breaking 727 advertising pages: the most ad pages EVER published in a monthly consumer magazine. Sienna Miller graces the cover of the door-stop sized mag which is on shelves now. The oversize layout is a sign that fashion magazines are alive and kicking in a publication industry otherwise suffering from ever declining ad revenues.

  • Nike Sacks Vick Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 9:00 PM ET

    On the day that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pled guilty to charges related to dogfighting, Nike announced on Friday night that it has ended its relationship with its former endorser.

  • Sharapova Vs Ivanovic: The Hottest Marketing Match Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 3:21 PM ET
    Maria Sharapova

    It doesn’t take much skill to discover who’s now. It’s a little bit better to call who’s next. So I’m doing it right now. Ana Ivanovic is the next Maria Sharapova. And the only thing Maria can do about it is make sure that she has a better record on the court than Ivanovic. Because the marketing momentum of this 19-year-old Serbian seems to be unstoppable.

  • Job Market May Be Dreaming of a Bleak Christmas Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 12:31 PM ET

    Subprime-battered mortgage lenders are shutting down, fewer homes are being built, and even some of the big U.S. retailers are planning conservatively for Christmas holiday sales.

  • Gap Makeover: New CEO Murphy Faces "Vision" Test Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 9:09 AM ET
    CEO Glenn Murphy

    The one and a half billion dollar stock buyback and earnings of nineteen cents per share were the headlines of Gap's second quarter financial results. The numbers seemed totally secondary on the company conference call though. Not surprisingly, the intrigue was surrounding just what the CEO Glenn Murphy would say about his vision for the company.

  • Australia's Billabong Full-Year Profit Up 15% Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 8:45 PM ET

    Australian clothing retailer Billabong International reported a 15% rise in full-year profit on Friday as it continued an international expansion, and said it expected 15% earnings per share growth in fiscal 2008.

  • EleVen By Venus Williams

    Today, tennis star Venus Williams will announce that she is signing an endorsement deal with Steve & Barry's, the retailer that has made plenty of waves with its Starbury shoe, which it sells for $14.98. The deal from the very start is already the most expansive merchandise deal in the history of tennis. I sat down with Howard Schacter, Steve & Barry's chief partnerships officer, to talk about the line that will be called Eleven by Venus Williams and will launch in November.

  • Consumers Are Still Spending, But For How Long? Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 6:20 PM ET

    It's a continual worry in the markets: Will the consumer continue to spend?  The answer so far seems to be "yes."  But cracks are appearing as Americans wrestle with high debt, tightening credit, inflation and a worsening housing slump. That's led to speculation that consumers may become tapped out enough to push the economy into a recession.

  • U.S. retailers are still sweating through the back-to-school shopping season, but an early chill has already crept into their prospects for the all-important holiday season.

  • Apple Investors: Maybe They Should Relax Just A Bit Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    So UBS releases an update on Apple Inc. iPhone expectations and shareholders go wild. Tell me something I don't know! I'm sitting here in Terminal C at San Jose International Airport, reading the news on my BlackBerry, and the Apple nugget caught my attention. Apple shares have been losing altitude for weeks. $140-plus down to $112 and now clawing their way back.

  • Talbots Second-Quarter Net Loss Widens Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 8:42 AM ET

    Women's apparel retailer Talbots posted a wider quarterly net loss Wednesday, hurt by weak sales and costs related to its acquisition of the J. Jill chain.

  • MTV Gets "Real" As Microsoft Gets Tuned Out Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 3:03 PM ET

    When Viacom's MTV unveiled its new "Urge," online digital music destination at the big Consumer Electronics Show last year, it had all the earmarks of a major initiative. Justin Timberlake joined Van Toffler on stage during Bill Gates' keynote to unveil the service which would ultimately be tied to the then-upcoming Zune media player from Microsoft.

  • Target

    Target said Tuesday its quarterly profit rose almost 13 percent, meeting Wall Street targets, but the retailer is planning more conservatively for the rest of the year because of the "more difficult economic environment" facing its shoppers.

  • Saks: Listening To The Company Conference Call Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 12:50 PM ET

    Saks' CEO Steve Sadove says that he is optimistic about the luxury market and that they're seeing a strong purchase performance from new customers. For the second quarter the high-end department store posted a net loss of $24.6 million, or 17 cents a share, versus a prior-year net loss of $51.9 million, or 38 cents a share.

  • Staples Earnings Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 12:46 PM ET
    Staples Store

    Staples, the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, posted an 11% rise in quarterly profit Tuesday, but North American sales in stores open more than a year slipped and its stock fell.

  • Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD:  Is Sony Now Losing The DVD War? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 11:09 AM ET
    Toshiba HD DVD

    Another battle in the very long war. For years Sony's Blu-ray has been battling with Microsoft and Toshiba-backed HD DVD. And everyone--the studios, the disc and player manufacturers, and consumers--is just dying for one format to emerge victorious and the other format to fall the way of the BetaMax. HD DVD just scored an unexpected win, after Blu-ray had taken the lead. DreamWorks Animation and Viacom's Paramount (including DreamWorks Studio) just committed to releasing their films...

  • Madden Rings: How Long Would YOU Play To Get One? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 10:44 AM ET

    Last week, I was singing the praises of Electronic Arts, which is giving Madden gamers the option of winning real rings in the game this year. The people at EA wouldn’t tell me--or perhaps didn’t know--how long it would take to get to the third level of ring, where you order a real ring. But thank you to reader Stephen Wilde, who wrote in that he had finally reached the third level.

  • Staples: Listening To The Company Conference Call Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 9:55 AM ET
    Staples Store

    Moments ago on the Staples conference call...the CEO says he that he was cautious about the consumer last quarter and now that's progressed to "worried" about the consumer. The retail business is particularly weak in Florida (Tampa, Orlando) and California.