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  • Valentine's Day Flower Power: My Interview With FTD CEO Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:58 PM ET

    Over a million bouquets of flowers will be delivered today by FTD. After all, Valentine's day is to flower and jewelry companies what the Super Bowl is to TV retailers. Competitor 1-800-flowers and other delivery services including Harry & David are highly affected not only by a consumer cutting back on spending but also by the weather.

  • Liz Claiborne Lowers Outlook, Shares Tumble Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 11:59 AM ET

    Liz Claiborne said fourth-quarter and 2008 earnings will be well below analysts' expectations, as the clothing company's sales suffer amid a consumer spending slowdown, sending shares falling as much as 15 percent.

  • Rise in Retail Sales Eases Worries About Recession Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 4:46 PM ET

    An unexpected rise in January retail sales fired up hopes the U.S. economy might skirt recession despite the pressure on consumers.

  • Robust Retail? Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 4:21 PM ET

    An unexpected rise in January retail sales sent stocks higher Wednesday, but Jeff Macke urged skepticism on CNBC’s Closing Bell.

  • Retail Sales Rise, But Can You Bet on Consumers? Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 1:46 PM ET

    Retail numbers gave stocks a boost today, but the experts remain mixed about the strength of the consumer.

  • Business Inventories Rise More Than Expected Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 10:35 AM ET

    U.S. business inventories rose a bigger-than-expected 0.6 percent in December as salesfell, a government report on Wednesday showed.

  • Retail Sales (Not A Disaster) Boost Futures Wednesday, 13 Feb 2008 | 9:14 AM ET

    Surprise! Retail sales were not a disaster in January; futures rose about 5 points on that news. Elsewhere: 1) Deere's spacer earnings of $0.83 handily beat estimates.

  • Wining And Dining Remains Close To The Heart Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 4:59 PM ET

    Valentine's Day is traditionally the second most popular day of the year to dine out, and the industry can expect a healthy turnout— over $1.5 billion -- this year, even if other areas are seeing a pullback.

  • Juice Online Marketplace With lemonade.com Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 12:20 PM ET

    If you've ever wondered how you might tap into the multi-million-dollar Internet sales market, lemonade.com could be for you. It's a virtual lemonade stand offering a far broader market than you ever had as a kid.

  • UK Retail Sales Rebound in January Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 2:36 AM ET

    British retail sales rebounded in January after the worst December in three years, a survey showed on Tuesday, suggesting consumer spending may be slowing but is not about to collapse.

  • The relationship was renewed only three days ago and yet Gucci's love affair with NY is already hitting a stumbling block. New York City's Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) is challenging Gucci's use of the 'Gucci (loves as symbolized by a heart) New York' slogan on its new limited edition bags.

  • NFL's Best Selling Jerseys--1 Through 20 Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 10:06 AM ET

    Since I started covering the business of sports a decade ago, jersey lists have always been one of the most popular talking points. So check out below, the Top 20 Best Selling NFL Jerseys from April 1-Feb. 8, on NFLShop.com.

  • Writers' Strike: The End? (Almost) Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 6:01 PM ET

    Michael Eisner may have said on CNBC's "Fast Money" that "The strike is over" -- but it's not QUITE there yet. Almost, but not quite. And Eisner's optimism definitely reflects the hopeful mood in Hollywood...

  • A Holiday Loved By All (Advertisers) Friday, 8 Feb 2008 | 1:54 PM ET

    Partly because of the deteriorating economy, more companies than usual are participating in the annual blizzard of holiday promotions, but skeptics still warn about advertising overkill and the risks of marginal or tacky campaigns.

  • Retailers: Sales Down, Stocks Up--What's Going On? Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 4:59 PM ET

    It is a tough time to be a retail executive but a good day to be a retail shareholder. While January sales were the weakest in 39 years, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, retail shares rallied today.

  • Stocks Snap Losing Streak; Cisco Gains Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 4:52 PM ET

    U.S. stocks snapped a three-day losing streak Thursday, led by strong gains in the financial and retail sectors.

  • The good news is that we broke the three day jinx and did not end at our lows for the day. More good news: retailers for the most part did not drop, despite poor January sales. The bad news: a stronger midday rally was quashed. Worse, selling intensity picked up notably at the top, which occurred right after 2 PM ET.

  • Retail Blues Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 3:51 PM ET

    Retailers just finished their worst January in decades. Have we hit bottom, or is there more weakness ahead?

  • Success for Boutiques? In the Second Cities Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 2:47 PM ET

    Which boutique retailers are getting ahead despite the general consumer pullback these days? Those looking at secondary markets, says one expert.

  • Bargain Hunting Lifts Stocks; Cisco Recovers Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 2:27 PM ET

    U.S. stocks turned firmly higher Thursday afternoon as bargain hunters scooped up undervalued stocks following three straight down days. Bank and retail stocks advanced. Even battered tech Cisco recovered.