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  • Australian Shoppers Spend Freely, Fueling Growth Friday, 31 Aug 2007 | 12:26 AM ET

    Australian consumers spent freely for a second straight month in July as strong employment, high consumer confidence and generous tax cuts combined to get the third quarter off to a brisk start.

  • Video Roundup: What's Ahead for Retailers? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 3:47 PM ET

    What's in store for the retail group--and can consumers keep up their spending? CNBC takes a look at what lies ahead.

  • Dell: Are Tailwinds Now In PC Maker's Favor? Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 12:34 PM ET

    It's been a rough year for Dell, characterized by a particularly rough quarter that saw the company try to put deep financial shenanigans behind it: the pay-out of a $40-million-plus severance package for fired CEO Kevin Rollins, trying to deal with a restructuring that cost the company 8,000 jobs, continued loss of market share to rival Hewlett-Packard and shipment problems that hurt its most recent product introductions.

  • CVS August Same-Store Sales Rise 4.9% Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 9:09 AM ET

    CVS Caremark, the drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager, Thursday posted a 4.9 percent rise in August sales at stores open at least a year, driven by strong sales of general merchandise.

  • New Fashion? There's Not Much New To Buy Thursday, 30 Aug 2007 | 9:06 AM ET

    I have seen the future in next seasons' fashion at America's biggest retailers and to put it bluntly, there is no fashion. This is the new worry to add into the equation of whether (and how much) the consumer will slow his/her spending: there is nothing new to buy. The fashion cycle is stuck. The "style" is a return to classics which means that people already have the items in their closet.

  • July Retail Sales Fall 2.2% in Japan Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 10:51 PM ET

    Retail sales in Japan fell 2.2% in July from a year earlier for their biggest decline in more than two years, hit by a prolonged rainy season and an earthquake, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Thursday.

  • Fed Policy Notes: Is The Consumer Tapped Out? Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 10:44 AM ET

    Tune into "Power Lunch" today. I'm filling in for the lovely Sue Herera who is on assignment today. Right ahead of the release of the latest minutes from the Fed's policy meeting, Bill Griffeth and I will be talking about just what to expect from Bernanke and the consumer. I'll also be asking the question: Is the consumer tapped out?

  • Cadbury: Social Networking "Sweetens" Business Tuesday, 28 Aug 2007 | 8:24 AM ET
    Cadbury Wispa Bar

    On Friday, I reported about Nielsen's upcoming social networking site, 'Hey! Nielsen.' The idea is to mine online buzz to find out what movies, music, tv, and online video people are talking about online, with the idea to eventually turn that buzz into relevant numbers for advertisers. Nielsen won't be the first to look to social networks for insight.

  • Wal-Mart Stores, is hiring middle-management level executives to help evaluate the type of stores that it operates ahead of the arrival of British grocery Tesco to the United States.

  • Vogue Proving That Print Is Alive (With The Internet) Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 10:10 AM ET
    Vogue Magazine, September 2007

    Who said print was dead? September's issue of Vogue (owned by Conde Nast) boasts a record breaking 727 advertising pages: the most ad pages EVER published in a monthly consumer magazine. Sienna Miller graces the cover of the door-stop sized mag which is on shelves now. The oversize layout is a sign that fashion magazines are alive and kicking in a publication industry otherwise suffering from ever declining ad revenues.

  • Nike Sacks Vick Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 9:00 PM ET

    On the day that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick pled guilty to charges related to dogfighting, Nike announced on Friday night that it has ended its relationship with its former endorser.

  • Sharapova Vs Ivanovic: The Hottest Marketing Match Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 3:21 PM ET
    Maria Sharapova

    It doesn’t take much skill to discover who’s now. It’s a little bit better to call who’s next. So I’m doing it right now. Ana Ivanovic is the next Maria Sharapova. And the only thing Maria can do about it is make sure that she has a better record on the court than Ivanovic. Because the marketing momentum of this 19-year-old Serbian seems to be unstoppable.

  • Job Market May Be Dreaming of a Bleak Christmas Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 12:31 PM ET

    Subprime-battered mortgage lenders are shutting down, fewer homes are being built, and even some of the big U.S. retailers are planning conservatively for Christmas holiday sales.

  • Gap Makeover: New CEO Murphy Faces "Vision" Test Friday, 24 Aug 2007 | 9:09 AM ET
    CEO Glenn Murphy

    The one and a half billion dollar stock buyback and earnings of nineteen cents per share were the headlines of Gap's second quarter financial results. The numbers seemed totally secondary on the company conference call though. Not surprisingly, the intrigue was surrounding just what the CEO Glenn Murphy would say about his vision for the company.

  • Australia's Billabong Full-Year Profit Up 15% Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 8:45 PM ET

    Australian clothing retailer Billabong International reported a 15% rise in full-year profit on Friday as it continued an international expansion, and said it expected 15% earnings per share growth in fiscal 2008.

  • EleVen By Venus Williams

    Today, tennis star Venus Williams will announce that she is signing an endorsement deal with Steve & Barry's, the retailer that has made plenty of waves with its Starbury shoe, which it sells for $14.98. The deal from the very start is already the most expansive merchandise deal in the history of tennis. I sat down with Howard Schacter, Steve & Barry's chief partnerships officer, to talk about the line that will be called Eleven by Venus Williams and will launch in November.

  • Consumers Are Still Spending, But For How Long? Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 6:20 PM ET

    It's a continual worry in the markets: Will the consumer continue to spend?  The answer so far seems to be "yes."  But cracks are appearing as Americans wrestle with high debt, tightening credit, inflation and a worsening housing slump. That's led to speculation that consumers may become tapped out enough to push the economy into a recession.

  • U.S. retailers are still sweating through the back-to-school shopping season, but an early chill has already crept into their prospects for the all-important holiday season.

  • Apple Investors: Maybe They Should Relax Just A Bit Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    So UBS releases an update on Apple Inc. iPhone expectations and shareholders go wild. Tell me something I don't know! I'm sitting here in Terminal C at San Jose International Airport, reading the news on my BlackBerry, and the Apple nugget caught my attention. Apple shares have been losing altitude for weeks. $140-plus down to $112 and now clawing their way back.

  • Talbots Second-Quarter Net Loss Widens Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 8:42 AM ET

    Women's apparel retailer Talbots posted a wider quarterly net loss Wednesday, hurt by weak sales and costs related to its acquisition of the J. Jill chain.