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  • Retail Debate: Is The Worst Over Or Not? Friday, 28 Mar 2008 | 1:20 PM ET

    So plenty of debate on the retailers as JC Penney lowers estimates. The crux of the debate is, is this the worst for the year? Lehman Brothers thinks so, in a note to clients a short while ago they said, "we are optimistic that 1Q08 represents the low point of the year as we expect inventory levels to improve throughout 2008."

  • J.C. Penney Cuts Profit Outlook, Citing Weak Sales Friday, 28 Mar 2008 | 10:05 AM ET
    J.C. Penney

    J.C. Penney lowered its first-quarter earnings forecast, saying sales through the Easter holiday were "well below expectations."

  • Sell Block: Trade In Pairs Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 6:47 PM ET

    Dump the bad and replace it with the good -- it's how the pros do it. Here's how to get started.

  • Feb. Sales Boost H&M's Pretax Profit Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 3:25 PM ET

    Swedish fashion company Hennes & Mauritz bucked a gloomy economic backdrop and boosted its shares with a near 20 percent jump in first-quarter profit, above forecasts and fired by strong February sales.

  • Sports Biz Notebook: Beasley, Under Armour, NBA Jerseys Thursday, 27 Mar 2008 | 8:40 AM ET

    Kansas State head basketball coach Frank Martin says he's pretty sure his freshman Michael Beasley is turning pro, speculating that he's worth about $100 million in salary and endorsement money.

  • Motorola Plans Break Up--But Is That Right Move? Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 2:21 PM ET

    Motorola announced today it's planning on splitting up into two publicly traded companies: spinning off its money-losing mobile device business from its growing broadband and mobility solutions business. CEO Greg Brown said on a conference call this morning that having two independently traded companies would unlock value for shareholders

  • Stock Reversal Week: Financials Down, Commodities Up Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 1:51 PM ET

    Well, you knew it would happen--"sell the rally," except this time it's come a few days after the rally. The dollar is getting hit again as the ECB has make it clear they are unlikely to lower interest rates.

  • Sainsbury's Unveils Property Deal, Sales Rise Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 1:33 PM ET

    British supermarket retailer J. Sainsbury reported a 4.1 percent rise in like-for-like sales excluding fuel in the fourth quarter, above expectations, and said it saw "strong growth" in sales of non-food items.

  • NBA 10 year Jersey Sales List-Guess Who's Number One! Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 11:14 AM ET

    So the NBA has given us the mother of all jersey sales lists. In honor of them celebrating the upcoming 10-year anniversary of their store in New York City, they have released their top 10 best selling jerseys.

  • Australia's David Jones Profit Jumps 25% Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 7:48 PM ET

    Upmarket Australian department store chain David Jones said first-half underlying profit jumped 25 percent, helped by buoyant Christmas sales, and maintained its forecast for the rest of the year.

  • I was traveling in LA back on St. Patrick's Day and didn't get a chance to blog about American Apparel's Q4 earnings when they were reported on March 17th. As we mentioned on this blog, same store sales were expected to be up an impressive amount and they certainly were: + 40 percent.

  • Finally, A Snitch That Makes Life Easier Tuesday, 25 Mar 2008 | 11:12 AM ET

    Worried your car might get stolen? Want to keep track of your loved ones? With "Snitch" you can pinpoint the location of your vehicle, or someone else's, anywhere, anytime.

  • Tiffany: Time For "Breakfast," Or a Brown Bag Lunch? Monday, 24 Mar 2008 | 4:00 PM ET
    The Tiffany & Co. store in New York City.

    High end sales are the last to fall off going into a downturn and the first to pickup coming out of a recession. So what does Tiffany's spacer better than expected earnings tell us about where we are in the middle of those two options?

  • Blu-ray officially won the high-def format war, and now everyone who was burned is licking their wounds. Toshiba announced it will lose $1.1 billion in fiscal 2007 due to losing the format battle.

  • Nike Profit Tops Forecasts on Strong Overseas Sales Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 5:02 PM ET
    Nike

    Nike, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear and apparel, reported a third-quarter profit that easily beat expectations, helped by strong international sales of shoes and clothing buoyed by a weak dollar.

  • Best Buy's $10 Million Hit Over Blu-ray Shows Master PR Wednesday, 19 Mar 2008 | 12:56 PM ET
    Best Buy

    Break out the spandex, the high waisted pants with big belts and the big jewelry--but keep the spiral perms please. Not since the betamax-vhs battles of the 1980s have the tech and entertainment wars over video format been this heated.

  • Music Makers: The New Scene For a New Age Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    The traditional music biz is over as CD sales dropped about 20 percent from 2006 and 2007. And revenues from that physical music business are likely to comprise just 20 percent of an up and coming band's revenue stream.

  • Metro Forecast Disappoints, Shares Slump Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 10:10 AM ET

    Metro, Germany's biggest retailer, disappointed investors on Tuesday with a lacklustre plan to revamp its Real hypermarkets and a conservative 2008 forecast.

  • St. Paddy's Day Sports: NBA, Tiger, NCAA Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | 11:04 AM ET

    St. Patrick's Day retail spending is supposed to be down this year, according to the National Retail Federation, but I'm not sure that's going to be the case in the sports world, which has experienced a major bump in recent years.

  • Stocks Close Higher After S&P-Fueled Rally Thursday, 13 Mar 2008 | 4:32 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher Thursday after Standard & Poor's delivered the words Wall Street was waiting to hear: The end is in sight.