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  • H&M Profit Undershoots, December Sales Lag Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 3:52 AM ET

    Swedish clothing giant Hennes & Mauritz posted fourth-quarter pretax profit short of analysts' expectations on Thursday and said its December sales in stores open more than a year fell 1 percent.

  • Esprit's Profit Beats Forecasts, Confident of 2008 Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 7:04 PM ET

    Robust European sales and a stronger euro helped Esprit Holdings slightly beat expectations with a 37 percent rise in first-half earnings, but the world's No. 5 fashion chain faces a potential hit to global consumer spending this year.

  • Amazon's 'Strong' Quarter, Weak Margins Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 4:38 PM ET

    Talk about a mixed picture from online retailer Amazon.com. On its surface, Amazon tells a major success story, especially in the face of an economic slowdown and worries of recession. The company meets the Street with 48 cents a share, but blows past revenue

  • Wal-Mart Cutting Prices Up To 30 Percent Tuesday, 29 Jan 2008 | 4:13 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores said it is cutting prices on "thousands" of items by 10 percent to 30 percent this week to win sales in a difficult economic environment.

  • What can Doritos do to save the economy? Cheesy nachos, 600 LCD TVs and $99 workout systems are all part of Wal-Mart's economic stimulus plan unveiled today to coincide with President Bush's push of his own tax rebate and economic stimulus package.

  • Japan Jobless Rate Steady, Household Spending Up Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 7:55 PM ET

    Japan's jobless rate was flat in December but the ratio of jobs to applicants hit a two-year low, suggesting that rising raw material costs and growing pessimism on the economy are making firms reluctant to boost hiring.

  • The Big (Show) Biz of Scientology Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 1:47 PM ET

    If you're an entertainment buff, you can't miss the significant presence of Scientology. Over the past few weeks, dozens of people have e-mailed me links to Tom Cruise's Scientology rant -- more accurately, it's his acceptance of a Scientology award -- and it's so bizarre...

  • Apparel Recession? Maybe, Maybe Not Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | 11:20 AM ET

    Wall Street is shopping for retail bargains. Even before consumers rang up the weakest Christmas in five years, retail shares were beaten down and plagued by worries of just how slow the American consumer will become in 2008.

  • Eli Manning -- Lacrosse Star?! Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 7:30 PM ET
    Eli Manning

    Say you're the National Lacrosse League, you get 8,000 fans a night and you're looking for more people to sample your product. You can't just tell people it's free: The way society works, no one will want to go. So they have a plan...

  • Ahold Sales Rise Despite Tougher US Conditions Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 12:19 PM ET

    Dutch supermarket group Ahold posted a forecast-beating rise in fourth-quarter sales on Friday, helped by favorable markets in Europe which offset tougher economic conditions in the United States.

  • SportsBiz To A Fan's "Rescue" Over NBA Pro-Cut Jerseys Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 11:06 AM ET

    So yesterday, I get a link from a reader that points me to a YouTube rant from a Lakers fan, who thinks the NBA and adidas are being disingenuous in advertising that they sell authentic, pro-cut jerseys. The fan makes a lot of good points. The most important one: the authentic jerseys they sell online sure don't look like the real ones. It's actually really entertaining.

  • Thanks so much for all of the readers who took the time to send emails during what has been a busy (and tumultuous) past week and a half. Retail seems to be one of the few bright spots this week in the middle of a tough market.

  • Starbucks Tests $1 Coffee to Fight Competition Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 11:17 AM ET
    Starbucks

    Starbucks Corp is testing $1 coffees and free refills, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, as the global coffee chain faces increasing competition from fast-food rivals.

  • GM Is Number One In Worldwide Sales! (With Toyota) Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 9:47 AM ET
    GM logo, General Motors logo

    This morning GM released its global sales for last year, and guess what, the company is still #1 in the world. But it is now in a virtual tie with Toyota for the top spot. Officially, GM sold 9.369 million vehicles worldwide.

  • Richemont Sales Rise 8%, Miss Forecast Wednesday, 23 Jan 2008 | 4:07 AM ET

    Richemont, the world's second-largest luxury goods group, narrowly missed forecasts on Wednesday with an 8 percent rise in third-quarter sales, and said demand "slowed somewhat" in Japan and the United States in December.

  • Retail Is Right Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 7:43 PM ET

    But not just any stock will do. Here’s a name that should perform no matter which way the market goes.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • What Now? Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 7:35 PM ET

    Cramer's playbook for this market.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • I'm On Market Duty For Today Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 9:43 AM ET

    The consumer, spending and just where this market is headed right now are the main focus of everyone on the street. I'm down at the COMEX today watching how metals trade in reaction to the selloff we saw overnight in Asia.

  • Grocer Morrisons Cheered by Christmas Sales Boost Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 8:08 AM ET

    Britain's fourth largest grocer William Morrison Supermarkets on Tuesday attributed strong festive sales to increased advertising, price cuts and a wider offering of fresh foods.

  • Target Expects Jan. Sales at Low End of Expectations Tuesday, 22 Jan 2008 | 4:27 AM ET

    Target said its January sales are coming in at the low end of the range it had expected earlier this month.