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  • Marks & Spencer Profit in Line, Helped by Bonus Cuts Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 9:49 AM ET

    Marks and Spencer said its adjusted annual profits before tax rose 4.3 percent to 1 billion pounds ($2 billion), broadly in line with analysts expectations, helped by the company cutting its staff bonus.

  • Sears' Softer Side: Notes From Shareholders' Meeting Friday, 16 May 2008 | 1:50 PM ET
    Sears

    Without further delay, here are the notes from the Sears shareholders' meeting. A number of Retail Detail readers wrote in to ask when I'd make good on my promise to post notes from the Sears meeting. Sorry for the delay! Here goes.

  • Headbands Help Boost NBA's Bottom Line Friday, 16 May 2008 | 12:21 PM ET
    Darren Rovell wearing the shooting sleeve and headband.

    If you are watching the Celtics-Cavaliers game tonight, count how many players on the court are wearing headbands. Given that it’s a voluntary piece of gear, it will be quite an amazing number.

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Profit Beats Estimates Friday, 16 May 2008 | 7:37 AM ET

    Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch reported higher quarterly profit Friday, helped by stronger sales in all its chains and better gross profit.

  • Olympic Sponsors: Are They Getting "Hurt" By The Games? Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 4:32 PM ET
    2008 Olympics Beijing

    Michael Maslansky of Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research just went on the air with me. His company polled 1,000 people online and asked them various questions about the Olympics. Here is the most important question. How much more or less likely are you to buy a product...

  • Upscale Stores: Stocks To Shop For Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 2:36 PM ET

    It's not the easiest of times for the consumer, so why do the consumer numbers look so good? More importantly, why should an investor consider consumer discretionary stocks? Citigroup's Kimberly Greenberger has some answers and some recommendations.

  • Keeping My Eye On Consumers Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 1:18 PM ET

    Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Ventura, CA, New York. For the past week, I’ve been traveling around the country and keeping an eye on consumers across America. Each region faces its own unique challenges with gas prices fluctuating from market to market and housing prices also shifting.

  • Macy's Profit Falls, Hurt by Lower Sales Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | 8:31 AM ET
    Macy's

    Retailer Macy's reported a quarterly loss Wednesday as a difficult retail environment hurt sales and it incurred costs from a restructuring.

  • Yahoo Leads Nasdaq Higher Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:44 PM ET

    Carl Icahn and a possible proxy fight with Yahoo, the CEO of Liz Claiborne on the status of their turnaround and after hours action from Whole Foods, Applied Materials and more.

  • HP Drags on Dow; Yahoo Buoys Nasdaq Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 5:11 PM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday as investors expressed their disappointment in Wal-Mart's outlook, HP's deal and a slew of other news. Surprising resilience in retail sales, excluding autos, helped curb losses. The Nasdaq eked out a gain, led by Yahoo.

  • Macke: Wal-Mart Is A "Buy" Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 4:49 PM ET

    In this tough retail environment, the only trade is best of breed.

  • Billionaire Stock Picks Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 4:16 PM ET

    Ron Baron likes casinos and fancy clothes. The chairman and chief executive of Baron Capital joined CNBC's "Billionaire Summit" -- a select group of the world's most successful businesspeople -- to offer his investment outlook.

  • HP Drags on Dow; Icahn Buzz Boosts Yahoo Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 3:08 PM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday as investors juggled a mixed bag of news: Retail sales outside of the hard-hit auto sector showed suprising resilience, while a well-known analyst cut her outlook for big banks. Wal-Mart skidded after the discount giant posted decent results but issued a tepid outlook.

  • Homebrew Heads To Your Gas Tank Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 12:45 PM ET

    The EFuel100 MicroFueler is the world's first portable ethanol microrefinery system — both a pump station and an ethanol distiller reduced to an appliance-sized unit, allowing users to create usable fuel for most cars with a simple mix of sugar, water and yeast.

  • H-P, Financials Drag on Dow; Oil Nears $127 Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 12:08 PM ET

    Stocks declined Tuesday as investors juggled a mixed bag of news: Retail sales outside of the hard-hit auto sector showed suprising resilience, while a well-known analyst cut her outlook for big banks. Wal-Mart skidded after the discount giant posted decent results but issued a tepid outlook.

  • Coke And Why It Chose Kobe Bryant For Endorsement Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 9:21 AM ET

    After we reported that Kobe Bryant had signed with Vitaminwater, we wanted to hear from the folks at Coca-Cola's Glaceau division as to why they decided to go after Bryant. It was intriguing because Coca-Cola was one of the companies that let Bryant's deal expire following his sexual assault charge about five years ago.

  • Stronger retail sales than expected (ex-auto up 0.5 percent, the best showing since November) has caused an 8-point pop in futures. Elsewhere: 1) Hewlett-Packard's $12.6 b deal for Electronic Data systems ($25.00 a share) is a direct challenge to IBM.

  • Chinese Retail Sales Surge 22% in April on Year Monday, 12 May 2008 | 11:28 PM ET
    China, Chinese Flag

    Chinese retail sales powered ahead in April, providing welcome evidence for policy makers that sturdy domestic demand is taking up slack in the economy left by softening exports.

  • Stop Trading!: Market Shrugs at Recession Talk Monday, 12 May 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    Some of the worst stocks are up Monday despite bad news. Are any of them worth buying?

  • Papa John's Gets Pizza Price Wrong -- Way Wrong Friday, 9 May 2008 | 5:49 PM ET
    Lebron James

    As I could have predicted, Papa John's 23-cent pizza idea backfired yesterday. So many people showed up at the 86 stores throughout Ohio that mayhem reportedly ensued. Meant to be a goodwill gesture after a Washington D.C. Papa John's location printed LeBron James "Crybaby 23" shirts for the first round of the playoffs against the Wizards, someone tried to be cute with the "23" and got the decimal point wrong...