Retail Sales


  • International Investing: India Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 4:25 PM ET

    India possesses a diverse economy that ranges from traditional village farming to advanced technology. Its major challenge is a huge and growing population, posing social, economic and environmental problems.

  • Amazon: The Focus Is On Profit Margins Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 1:30 PM ET

    Amazon reports earnings later today and judging by what this stock is doing today, indeed these past several months, it would seem shareholders are hoping for the very best. And betting big that Amazon will deliver.

  • Microsoft's Xbox 360: Has Its Time Finally Arrived? Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 12:42 PM ET

    Microsoft has momentum as its friend when it comes to the game console business. Finally. Halo 3 has been like a magic elixir for Xbox 360, by some measures tripling console sales in the wake of the title's release, and for the first time, Microsoft beat sales of Nintendo's Wii during the month of September, selling an average of 105,600 units a week last month.

  • Stock Picks From a 3-Star Fund Manager Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 12:35 PM ET

    Steven Neimeth, portfolio manager of the SunAmerica Value Fund, sees plenty of positives in this turbulent market. The strategist offered CNBC his view of the economy -- and named the stocks he likes.

  • iCache Wants to Evolve Wallets Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 10:19 AM ET

    Are you shuffling through an array of credit cards, debit cards and loyalty cards every time you approach a cashier? A new device called icache lets you consolidate all your cards into one, plus you get a big boost in security. The device and the company’s President, Jack Harvey, are featured on this week’s “Innovations.”

  • Taking Ads To The Consumers Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 10:16 AM ET

    With the advent of TiVo, satellite radio and more distractions than ever - it's hard for advertisers to grab consumers' attention, which is why they're venturing into new territory: The mall.Stores, it turns out, are one of the best places to find a captive audience that is ready to shop.

  • Wanted: Doctor of Wii (You Can Make Some Big Bucks) Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | 9:58 AM ET

    Want to make a lot of money? Be the James Andrews of Wii injuries. With 9.3 million Wiis already sold and projected 22.3 million to be sold worldwide by March, the first doctors to advertise as Wii specialists will make a mint. Trust me, I have the worst Wii injury of my life right now and I'm ready to see a Wii doctor.

  • Apple Shareholders: Let Them Buy You A Dinner! Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 5:31 PM ET

    The pressure was on for Apple following the big-time run in these shares these past several weeks. These shares rallied into today's earnings news. The research firm Caris just this morning took the bold step in raising its target to $200.

  • Joe Torre And Wal-Mart's Lee Scott: Parallel Lines? Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 3:56 PM ET

    The world's largest retailer has spawned this blog's biggest response ever! The anti-Wal-Mart emails (some 655, almost all I would say from Wal-Martwatch.com readers) keep pouring into the Retail Detail inbox. We'll continue to post your thoughts and responses so keep them coming. I've yet to hear from any on the pro Wal-Mart side.

  • Apple: Will It Keep Vaulting Over The Bar? Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 3:15 PM ET

    When it comes to Apple Inc., the bar is set so nose-bleedingly high that you gotta wonder whether this company is poised to perform or plummet when it releases earnings this evening. Shares continue to climb today, up another 2% at this writing, a kind of serene island in the midst of the volatile vagaries and stormy seas on Wall Street.

  • Microsoft's Xbox: Coming Soon With HD-DVD? Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    Sources I'm talking to at the company suggest that an announcement could come soon that Microsoft will unveil a new version of Xbox 360 featuring a built-in HD-DVD player and HD tuner. The device might be officially unveiled during Bill Gates' keynote at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January, which could be a bummer since it misses this upcoming Holiday Shopping season.

  • Kimberly-Clark Profit Rises on Weak Dollar Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 10:32 AM ET
    The entrance sign to Kimberly-Clark Corporation world headquarters campus in Irving, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006. Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Kleenex tissues and Scott paper towels, announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 that fourth-quarter earnings tumbled 17 percent as one-time costs cut into profits, offsetting higher revenue. Earnings fell to $371.1 million, or 79 cents per share, from $445.3 million, or 91 cents per share, a year ago. Sales edged up 3 percent to $4.01 billion from $3.9 billio

    Kimberly-Clark Monday posted a 24 percent increase in quarterly profit as the weaker dollar and strong sales volume in Huggies baby wipes and Kleenex tissue helped offset rising costs for pulp.

  • Wal-Mart Study And My Blog Stir Up The Action Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 5:42 PM ET

    Wow--I've never had the type or volume of response to a blog posting as I got today! Mention the world's largest retailer and readers and TV viewers take notice. Suggest or discuss whether Wal-Mart has actually had a positive impact on competitive pricing and inflation and you get more than 200 blog responses! At least I did.

  • Wal-Mart Savings Study: My Interview With Author Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 4:24 PM ET

    As promised, here's the transcript of my interview with Chris Holling of Global Insight. He's the Economist who authored the Wal-Mart savings study that I blogged about yesterday. Here's the explanation of how he came up with the math behind the "Wal-Mart Effect."

  • Halloween holiday consumers plan on spending more this year than last for getting their trick or treat on.

  • 'Halo 3' and Wii Drive US Video Game Sales Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | 5:39 AM ET

    U.S. sales of video game hardware and software jumped 75 percent in September, driven by Microsoft's "Halo 3" and Nintendo's Wii console.

  • Wal-Mart: Really Out To Save You Money? Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 6:37 PM ET

    Wal-Mart announced today that it is rolling out a second round of pre-holiday price cuts this time on an additional 15,000 items. The cuts are 20% more than last year, according to Wal-Mart public relations.

  • Notre Dame: Cheer, Cheer For Ticket Prices? Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 3:19 PM ET

    This Saturday, Notre Dame plays USC. It's not the ideal matchup it has been in the past. But that doesn't mean it isn't a hot ticket. Consider some of these numbers: StubHub is telling me that the average price of a ticket sold on their Web site for this weekend's game is $438.

  • Nike Expects $1 Billion in Chinese Sales in a Year Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 5:47 AM ET

    Nike, the world's largest athletic shoe and clothes maker, would see revenue growth in China increase at 50 percent per year and sales reach $1 billion within a year, CEO Mark Parker said on Thursday.

  • UK Retail Sales Rise More Than Expected in Sept Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | 5:36 AM ET

    British retail sales rose much more than expected in September at their sharpest annual rate in three years, official figures showed on Thursday.