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  • Inflation Mild Last Month; Industrial Output Steady Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 3:25 PM ET

    U.S. consumer prices rose a modest 0.3 percent in December, slightly worse than expected, while industrial output was unchanged, beating forecasts.

  • Sharapova Makes Dough -- But Will She Win? Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 2:44 PM ET
    Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova trounced a resurgent Lindsay Davenport on Wednesday at the Australian Open. The drubbing gave Davenport only four games in a match that was deemed as an unfortunate second-round draw for the tennis world's most marketable star. Yes, folks, whether it's fair or not, Sharapova will pull in more dough off the court this year than Roger Federer will.

  • ICR XChange 2008 Consumer Outlook Survey Wednesday, 16 Jan 2008 | 9:57 AM ET

    ICR today announced the results of its survey of the institutional investment community on the state of the consumer industry. The findings were released at the 10th annual ICR XChange Consumer/Retail Conference in Dana Point, Calif.

  • Recession Fears Are Likely to Overshadow CPI Report Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 4:13 PM ET

    Higher energy and food prices may be hitting many Americans, but fears of a recession are likely to overshadow Wednesday's report on consumer prices.

  • Consumer Spending: Now Down To Just A "Trot?" Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 3:55 PM ET

    Anecdotal evidence that the U.S. consumer's marathon spending spree may be slowing to a trot increases daily. By some measures, the U.S. consumer makes up about 19 percent of the world economy and 70 percent of the U.S. economy, so the health of American consumption is key.

  • Anemic growth is still a gain--even if the holiday season was the weakest in 5 years (up just 3 percent according to the NRF.) But try telling one of the CEOs at last night's Financo dinner that they should look on the bright side and you might get a glass of wine spilled over your head.

  • Euro Stocks End Lower on Retail, Banks Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 11:59 AM ET

    European markets ended sharply lower Tuesday, tracking U.S. stocks, which were dragged down by weak retail sales and an announcement by Citigroup of a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter loss of $9.83 billion.

  • Recession Worries Grow As Retail Sales Decline 0.4% Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 10:47 AM ET

    American shoppers cut back on spending at the nation's retailers by 0.4 percent in December, the most in six months, in a gloomy report that fanned fears of a recession.

  • GN Store Nord Shares Sink on Profit Warning Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 9:10 AM ET

    Danish headset and hearing aid maker GN Store Nord lost nearly a quarter of its market value on Tuesday after issuing a profit warning for 2007 on lower-than-expected growth at its ReSound and Netcom units.

  • Retail Numbers (Disappointing) And Citi (They Blew It) Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 9:02 AM ET

    Retail sales a clear disappointment, dropped futures even more, only good news is Fed has even more room to ease here. Citigroup reported a fourth quarter loss of $1.99, $1.03 expected. Losses were driven by write-downs (of $17.4 billion) and losses in subprime, and an increase in credit costs of $5.4 billion in the consumer loan portfolio (more signs that the consumer is slowing down).

  • Tread Carefully in the Retail Sector Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 9:00 AM ET

    Retail stocks have not reached bottom yet, with worse times seemingly ahead after Britain's biggest retailer reported slowing sales in its core market, analysts said.

  • Tesco Holiday Sales Fall Short of Target Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 5:08 AM ET

    Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, reported slowing sales in its core UK market on Tuesday, missing analyst expectations and sending its shares lower, but showed strong growth internationally.

  • Burberry Sales Behind Plan, Shares Fall Tuesday, 15 Jan 2008 | 4:17 AM ET

    British fashion house Burberry Group said on Tuesday third-quarter retail sales were "modestly behind our plan" meaning more stock was sold at a discount, sending its shares down 11 percent to an 18-month low.

  • Weak Retail Sales Report Could Signal Recession Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 3:47 PM ET
    Cash Register

    U.S. consumers are tightening their purse strings, and the squeeze may be severe enough to topple the U.S. economy into recession.

  • Consumers Getting Less Cash Out of Their Homes Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 3:37 PM ET

    Sliding home values are eroding the equity U.S. households can tap for cash at the sametime banks have grown reluctant to lend, threatening the consumer spending the economy needs to dodge recession.

  • Stocks Rally on IBM's Bullish Outlook Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher after IBM's improved outlook kicked off a market rally.

  • Sears Sharply Cuts Profit Guidance as Sales Slip Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    Sears Holdings, the operator of Sears and Kmart, said Monday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit will be well below its year-ago results and current Wall Street forecasts as sales at both chains declined over the last nine weeks.

  • Americans Cut Back Sharply on Spending Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | 4:17 AM ET

    Strong evidence is emerging that consumer spending, a bulwark against recession over the last year even as energy prices surged and the housing market sputtered, has begun to slow sharply at every level of the American economy, from the working class to the wealthy.

  • Retail Will Not Be Better this Year: Consultants Sunday, 13 Jan 2008 | 4:55 PM ET

    U.S. chain stores, reeling from the slowest holiday shopping season in five years, got some more bad news Sunday: 2008 will not be any better and could see changes that may shift the retail playing field forever.

  • Vacancy rates at U.S. regional malls rose and rents fell during the fourth quarter due to concerns about consumer spending and a potential slowdown in the national economy, real estate research firm Reis said.