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  • Zegna Lures U.S. Men -- With NFL's Manning Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 4:20 PM ET

    Superbowl foes Eli Manning of the NY Giants and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots had a friendly run-in last night. The two Zegna-clad quarterbacks were chatting it up with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue on the 3rd floor of the newly refurbished Manhattan Zegna flagship on 5th Avenue. While Eli's fiancee waited around for her man, Giselle Bundchen made a hasty exit when the photo ops began...

  • Sports Biz Roundup Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 3:06 PM ET

    I've been so engrossed in the Minor League Baseball logo contest that I haven't filled you in on everything else that's going on in the sports business world. Here are a couple of notes worthy of mentioning.

  • China Retail Sales Robust, Inflation a Factor Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 | 12:25 AM ET
    China Retail

    China's retail sales grew by 20.2 percent in January and February from a year earlier, supported by strong consumer spending but also propped up by the highest inflation in nearly 12 years.

  • Lululemon Looks Sweeter After Upgrade Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    An upgrade? In the retail sector? Other than Wal-Mart and the trade-down retailers, it is hard to find a store that analysts have faith in during this consumer slowdown. Today, though, Credit Suisse surprised with an upgrade of fashionable sportswear company Lululemon Athletica.

  • StickK.com: Take a Contract Out On Yourself Tuesday, 11 Mar 2008 | 11:16 AM ET

    Want to lose weight, get a new job, stop smoking and floss every day? Whatever your goal is, let's face it: you won't do it without a serious incentive. At Stickk.com you can put your money where your mouth is and achieve your goals.

  • McDonald's Shares Rise on February's Sales Gains Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | 8:12 AM ET
    A McDonalds sign welcomes patrons into the restaurant in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007. McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast-food chain, says its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled, thanks in large part to the spinoff of a burrito chain and strong sales in Europe. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

    McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food chain, said Monday sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 11.7 globally in February.

  • American Apparel: Update On My Update Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | 2:55 PM ET

    I blog all the time on various topics in retail. The three topics that have gotten readers fired up: Wal-Mart, late flower deliveries on Valentine's Day and American Apparel. Anyhow, while I've been much more focused on retail sales data and consumer health lately, I have been asked to stay on top of the American Apparel case.

  • S&P 500 Index Closes Below January Low Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 4:37 PM ET

    Wall Street was poised to open mostly lower on Thursday, despite positive retail sales numbers as the market continued to worry over the battered financial sector.

  • Stocks Losses Deepen Amid Credit Worries Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 1:52 PM ET

    Wall Street was poised to open mostly lower on Thursday, despite positive retail sales numbers as the market continued to worry over the battered financial sector.

  • Stocks Losses Deepen as Foreclosures Soar Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 11:11 AM ET

    Wall Street was poised to open mostly lower on Thursday, despite positive retail sales numbers as the market continued to worry over the battered financial sector.

  • Options: J.C. Penney- Icahn rumors, Annaly Worries Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:52 AM ET

    Options activity in J.C. Penney is spiking , while Annaly worries seem to grow.

  • February Retail Sales: Not So Gray After All Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:41 AM ET

    Wal-Mart and a number of other retailers have been able to trounce estimates, which had called for the worst February in five years.

  • American Apparel's Dov Charney: An Update Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 10:04 AM ET

    I've received so many emails from readers who are interested in following up on how American Apparel is doing and asking for details of CEO Dov Charney's sex harassment trial. The last post on Retail Detail mentioned that Charney was headed to trial.

  • Dollar Falls To New Low But Retail Rises In February Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 9:25 AM ET

    The U.S. dollar hit a new low as the Fed's Pianalto says the U.S. economy has stalled. Dollar weakness again helping oil. Jumbo mortgage lender Thornburg Mortgage TMA failed to meet a margin call of about $28 million which has triggered cross-defaults.

  • Randy Moss: Can He "Ride" Pony Back To Success? Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 9:06 AM ET

    Thirty years ago, Pony was on fire. The brand, founded in 1972, was on the feet of Pele, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Reggie Jackson, among others. But as Nike, adidas and Reebok rose up, Pony fell behind the times and for decades has been bought out over and over and over again, with revivals failing every time.

  • Hollywood's day in Federal Court Thursday, 6 Mar 2008 | 7:21 AM ET

    After years of grand jury testimony, the trial of Anthony Pellicano, erstwhile private eye-to-the-stars, starts this week. Jury selection is underway in downtown Los Angeles.

  • Macke’s Retail Report Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 4:14 PM ET

    There are three - and only three - retail stocks Jeff Macke sanctions buying.

  • Brett Favre's Best Stat: Jersey Sales Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 1:41 PM ET

    Brett Favre, as you've come to know over the last 24 hours or so, holds many records. But, to me, a sports business reporter, the most important one is all-time jersey king.

  • Retailers See Sluggish February: SpendingPulse Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 12:37 PM ET

    U.S. retailers experienced sluggish sales in February, hurt by a weakening economy, high gasoline prices and discounts, according to a study released Wednesday by SpendingPulse.

  • Costco, BJ's Profits Rise on Strong February Sales Wednesday, 5 Mar 2008 | 8:00 AM ET
    A Costco employee pulls shopping charts at a Costco Wholesale store.

    Costco Wholesale quarterly profits and better-than-expected February sales Wednesday as the warehouse clubs attracted bargain-hunting U.S. shoppers looking for deals on food and fuel.