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  • One Shopping Day 'til Christmas... Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 9:34 AM ET
    Claire Vissichelli of South Setauket pushes a shopping cart inside of a Wal-Mart in South Setauket, N.Y., shortly after the store opened at 5 a.m., Friday, Nov. 25, 2005. The nation's retailers are set to usher in the 2005 holiday shopping season with the usual come-ons_deep discounts and expanded hours_ along with a slew of stores offering early bird specials for the first time. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

    Down to the final 24 hours, more or less, of shopping before Christmas... We'll get the first reports on how "super" this Super Saturday's sales were when ShopperTrak releases its initial numbers by 3pm ET today

  • Chinese "Lead Scare" Not Real Reason for Slow Toy Sales Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET
    Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    I'd like to deconstruct the myth that the China lead-contaminated is responsible for the drop off in toy sales this year. Lead-contamination worries or not, parents are still buying toys and kids are still playing with them this season.

  • Nike Profit Rises 10% on Strong Global Sales Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 5:43 AM ET

    Nike said Wednesday that quarterly profit jumped 10 percent, topping Wall Street estimates on strong U.S. demand for its footwear and robust growth overseas, sending shares up over 3 percent in after-hours trade.

  • Market Insider/Thursday Look Ahead Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 10:32 PM ET

    Oracle's strong earnings could give some tech names a bounce Thursday though markets are again being haunted by credit worries, and another Wall Street firm is set to report earnings before the bell.

  • Levi's Changes, Adapts To Stay 'America's Original' Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | 9:47 AM ET

    Levi’s created a phenomenon that got the whole world wearing jeans. While there are sure to be more bumps and battles to come for Levi’s in this fashion world and it’s ever-changing trends, it’s truly an American Original.

  • Market Insider/Wednesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 9:48 PM ET

    Stocks staged a mini comeback Tuesday after a day that saw indexes seesaw on both sides of the unchanged line. The market once more fretted over the financial sector and could do the same on Wednesday.

  • Web Retailers Race vs. Christmas Clock Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 4:48 PM ET

    It's later than you think: Today is the last day to buy online at big box.com stores like Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon in time for regular Christmas delivery. E-commerce is drawing more customers than ever before.

  • Arcandor Sales Jump Sharply on Thomas Cook Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 9:12 AM ET

    Arcandor posted a near ten-times jump in third-quarter operating profit Tuesday, due mainly to a contribution from newly-acquired travel company Thomas Cook and its consolidation with MyTravel, company CEO Thomas Middelhoff told “Power Lunch Europe.”

  • Market Insider/Tuesday Look Ahead Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 1:33 AM ET

    Housing starts and earnings from Goldman Sachs and Best Buy are among the headlines the stock market will care about ahead of Tuesday's open.

  • FedEx

    Eight days left until Christmas and the gift giving season is getting down to the wire. For those of you who did your shopping online this season, the odds are high that those mail-ordered gifts are working their way through shipping facilities today. More than eleven million packages are going to be sorted and pass through FedEx terminals today.

  • Stocks Close Lower On Economic Worries Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 4:03 PM ET

    Stocks closed lower as fears that inflation was hampering holiday gift-buying combined with wider concerns about the state of the economy.

  • So, "Where America Shops," Trees Are Dying? Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 3:11 PM ET

    I haven't leafed through a catalog all year. In fact, catalogs go straight from my mailbox to the recycle trash bin. Take away the catalogs and the other junk mail I ignore, and I'd blissfully have nearly no mail at all.

  • European Shares End Lower on US Price Gains Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 11:51 AM ET

    Major European stock markets closed firmly lower Monday, as investors fretted about the anything that could derail the interest-rate easing plan in the U.S.

  • H&M Sales Disappoint, European Consumers Wary Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

    Swedish fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz said sales rose 14 percent in November, year-on-year, lower than expected by analysts and the latest in a series of signs that European consumers were getting wary of inflation and debt.

  • H&M Nov. Sales Undershoot Though Cavalli Line Helps Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | 6:01 AM ET

    Swedish fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz said on Monday its sales rose 14 percent in November year-on-year, lower than expected by analysts, but aided by a collection from Italian designer Roberto Cavalli.

  • Market Insider: The Week Ahead Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 7:47 PM ET

    As we enter the final stretch of 2007, the stock market may temporarily lose some of its violent mood swings and secure gains for the month and the year.

  • Retail Sales Numbers: Stop Being "Surprised" By Them Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 9:35 AM ET

    If I hear or read another headline that calls November's retail sales results "surprising," I may scream. I am also hereby banning use of the word 'cautious.' Today the Commerce Department reconfirmed what retailers told us all last week. November sales were sweeter than expected. The consumer is still buying cold weather apparel and Christmas presents.

  • Retail Detail with Margaret Brennan Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 8:13 AM ET

    Holiday 2007 hasn't even happened yet but buyers and retailers are beginning to stock the shelves and clothing racks for 2008. With that in mind, I put together a list of some of the biggest questions that the retail industry is mulling over right now that will affect 2008.

  • Market Insider/Friday Look Ahead Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 5:07 AM ET

    Consumer inflation data is big on Friday's agenda after Thursday's producer prices showed wholesale level inflation surging at the fastest rate in 34 years.

  • Consumers Still Opening Their Wallets For Holidays Thursday, 13 Dec 2007 | 12:03 PM ET

    Except for car buying, the consumer didn't show signs of holding back in November even with a big pickup in energy prices that is beginning to hit at the wholesale level. That is what today's data shows with a 1.2 percent pickup in retail sales for November, double expectations, and a big 3.2 percent in jump in producer prices, the biggest increase in that number since 1973.

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