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After years of using the polo player as its signature branding logo, Ralph Lauren (RL) is taking on a sponsorship role of an actual polo team. Ralph Lauren is now the official sponsor of the Black Watch polo team and its star player (and longtime Ralph Lauren model) Nacho Figueras. Taking the sponsorship a step further, the company is now selling match shirts for Black Watch fans that are embroidered with Nacho Figueras' number 2 on the shoulder.
Too much hype? Or not enough? It's clear, from AT&T's earnings news this morning, that Apple iPhone projections were way ahead of reality. That "popping" noise could be Apple shares. I wrote earlier today that Apple's highly hyped iPhone performed nowhere near Wall Street expectations during its first 30 hours on sale: AT&T reports 146,000 activations during its first weekend on sale.
The minor league baseball independent Long Beach Armada is hosting "Michael Vick Animal Awareness Day" on Sunday. Any fan who trades in his or her Michael Vick T-shirt or jersey will get free admission to the game and a donation will be made in their name to a non-profit that helps "inspire a better understanding of dogs." Those shirts and jerseys will be destroyed in some manner, the team says. Fans can also bring their dogs to the game, will be provided a special entrance to the ballpark and sit in a special section of the ballpark.
Wall Street is heading for a lower opening as some weak earnings and credit market jitters outweigh positive profit reports from companies like Pepsico and Lockheed-Martin. European markets are moving lower after overnight gains in Tokyo and Hong Kong shares.
The Supreme Court of California ruled Monday it is illegal to sell shoes made from kangaroo leather in the state, in a decision against defendant German sports manufacturer Adidas.
Starbucks will raise prices at its U.S. coffee shops by about 9 cents a drink next week to help offset rising costs for commodities such as milk and energy, a spokesman said on Monday.
AT&T reports earnings Tuesday and while the company's NYSE trading symbol is "T," in this case, "t" stands for telegraph, as in telegraphing what to expect from Apple which reports on Wednesday. In AT&T's case, the Street is looking for 67 cents on $29.61 billion in revenue. Rather than looking at the company's entire financial picture, I want to focus on the wireless sector since I'm really more interested in what all this could mean for Apple a day later.
A swirl of merger activity and blow-away earnings from Dow component Merck are positives for stocks ahead of the opening. European markets are mostly higher and Asia was mixed overnight.
As "Harry Potter" fans await the final installment of the popular series, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo sat down with George Jones, chief executive of Borders Group, on “Closing Bell.” “'Harry Potter' is an important part of our business. It’s not that we make a whole lot of money on each of the books we sell, but it draws a lot of people into the stores and gives us a chance to sell other things and maybe in some cases, reintroduce them to Borders,” said Jones.
In my earlier post, I told you about the debate taking place on today's "Street Signs" about whether private equity deals in the retail industry are over. Here's the video of the discussion I had with retail analyst Lizz Dunn from Thomas Weisel Partners and Manny Weintraub, Integre Advisors president.
I'm blogging from a Barnes and Noble which is readying for Harry Potter's final book going on sale at midnight. Handmade, full-size "magic" brooms are hanging from the ceiling and anxious Potter fans are rereading the past books in line for wristbands for tonight's pre-Potter party. This book is a pricey 35 dollars, five dollars more than the last book's listed price, and it's going to make several companies very, very happy.
Wal-Mart Stores said Friday that Claire Watts, executive vice president in charge of the discount chain's apparel merchandise, has resigned to "pursue other career interests." The move comes as the world's largest retailer continues to work to revive sales in the flagging division.
Tech earnings for the week are in the books and we now all get to look ahead to Apple Inc.'s earnings next Wednesday. But reading the tea leaves from some of the biggest names reporting this week may signal a pretty good uptick in tech. And despite NASDAQ's declines today, some positive trends are developing that may signal a nice opportunity for investors.
Tune into "Street Signs" today at 2pm ET. I'll be filling in for the highly-talented Erin Burnett and bringing a bit of my retail world into the show. We'll be debating just whether private equity's buying spree in the retail sector has peaked--or whether it should be peaking.
Nike has a new statement out, which I have just received. They are suspending the release of the Vick V shoe, which was scheduled to be in stores on Aug. 23. Here is the text: "Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent. We do believe that Michael Vick should be afforded the same due process as any citizen; therefore, we have not terminated our relationship...."
There's no question that CD sales growth is in a sad, sad decline. But Disney's not letting go so fast. Its Hollywood Records is launching today a new format called CDVU + (plus), which has much more memory than any current enhanced CD.
Wal-Mart is test marketing religious action toys, hoping there's a Goliath-like appetite out there for something other than Bratz dolls or Dragon Ball Z. The toys are being made by One2believe in California, and they'll be rolled out in August at 425 Wal-Mart stores. The test stores are not just in the Bible Belt, but in places like California. The action figures include a 3" tall figure of Daniel in the lion's den, and a foot-tall talking Jesus. What would Jesus do? Ask him! He talks!
British retail sales rose less than expected in June because supermarkets suffered due to the exceptionally wet weather, official data showed on Thursday.
Eddie Lampert's name is thrown around a lot these days whenever speculation of a buyout in the retail sector comes to the front of the rumor mill. Today, his name is once again surfacing but this time his Sears Holdings is being linked to rumors of a buyout of grocer Safeway, not a Macy's LBO.
As we told you here on this blog last week, Pershing Square Capital Management upped its stake in Target beyond +5%. Per the SEC regulatory filing made Monday, Bill Ackman increased his stake in TGT to 9.6% of shares outstanding.