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  • For Shoppers, It's Christmas in October Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 11:13 AM ET

    The National Retail Federation says its survey has found that 40 percent of shoppers will begin their holiday shopping before Halloween. That's despite the fact that the day after Thanksgiving is typically seen as the official beginning of the holiday shopping season.

  • New Security Steps: What's It "Cost" To Be Safe? Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | 9:51 AM ET
    Port Elizabeth, New Jersey

    Standing here at the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, I was surprised to see the number of Dole and Chiquita logo'd trucks driving cargo to the port. Who knew that P of W is the #1 banana port and Chilean grape import/export port in the U.S.?!

  • Diageo, the world's biggest alcoholic drinks group, said on Tuesday sales growth slowed in its first quarter, but it maintained its full-year target for underlying operating profit to rise by 9 percent.

  • Stocks Flat, Oil Hits High As Earnings Roll In Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 9:01 AM ET

    Stocks are sending a mixed message this morning as oil cranks to a new high and earnings season gets underway. European stocks are mixed to firmer, and Asian markets were higher though Tokyo had a flat session.

  • Surprise! Americans Set to Open Wallets This Holiday Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 8:48 AM ET

    It’s going to be a joyful—and profitable—holiday season for retailers, according to the  latest  CNBC Wealth in America survey. Americans plan to spend an average $839 during the holiday season, up 17.6% from last year. 

  • H&M Sales Rise Fast Before Cavalli Launch Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 8:23 AM ET

    Hennes & Mauritz beat expectations with a 25% year-on-year rise in September sales, its second-strongest figure in five years, signaling a buoyant reception for its winter fashions and online shops.

  • Surprise! Americans Plan To Spend More This Holiday Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | 6:03 AM ET

    Forget the credit crunch, housing recession and fears of slower economic growth. Americans plan to open their wallets during the holidays this year, though maybe not on those cheap Chinese toys.  Spending is expected to jump 17% from last year, to an average of $839.

  • Madonna Jumps Ship For Musical Sea Change Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 12:43 PM ET
    Madonna

    The Material Girl is cashing in, ditching a traditional music label for different kind of music company with a whole different approach to the industry. Now the music industry is waiting and watching--wondering who will win the next battle in the music industry's war.

  • On the Line: Petsmart CEO Philip Francis Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 11:04 AM ET

    Any time a company blames the weather for a lowered outlook, be skeptical. But Petsmart has a case. 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.

  • Retail Sales Post Strong Gain in September Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 10:18 AM ET
    Shopper with Bloomingdales Bags

    Retail sales posted a stronger-than-expected gain and prices at the wholesale level jumped up significantly in September.

  • Market Moves Up, But Inflation Worries Exist Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 9:13 AM ET

    Here are my thoughts this morning: 1) Producer Price Index is hot, above expectations, but core (ex-food and energy) below expectations, retail sales stronger than expected, so market has moved up on this because it watches core inflation and is happy retail sales are stronger than expected.

  • Stocks Down But Bulls Shouldn't Cry Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 4:16 PM ET

    No love from the stock market today, and frankly, not even the most rabid bulls (and I am bullish) can complain. Think about it: September retail sales was even worse than were thought; many retailers lowered earnings: energy stocks lowered earnings yesterday...

  • Same Store Sales: Why Numbers Are So Bad Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 3:19 PM ET

    Bloodletting was the term one source used. Bad and weak were the most common and perhaps the most descriptive term was anemic. I am referring, of course, to September's same store sales results. Wall street knew that September's sales would be soft but what the Street didn't know was how widespread the results would be.

  • Apple: Will It Reap Benefits Of Music Revolution? Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 2:01 PM ET

    With so much attention being paid to the kind of power Apple Inc. wields in the music business--trying to control pricing because of its infinitely popular iTunes online music store--there might be a threat even more serious for the rest of the music industry. And that includes Apple.

  • Retailers Ring Up Weakest Growth in Three Years Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 12:13 PM ET
    Cash Register

    September same-store sales growth falls to its slowest pace in three years, forcing a number of retailers to cut their third-quarter earnings forecast.

  • Retail "Food Fight" Eating Up Stocks? Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 11:18 AM ET

    A real food fight breaking out over the September retail sales numbers. No hiding the facts: they were below expectations, which had already been lowered. Men's Warehouse, American Eagle, Target, Limited, Nordstrom, JC Penney lowered earnings; Kohl's said earnings would be at the low end of the range.

  • Bonds Fall on Stock Futures, Lower Jobless Claims Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 9:31 AM ET

    US Treasuries fell Thursday after lower-than-expected weekly jobless claims bolstered views of a healthy labor market, lowering expectations of a near-term interest rate cut.

  • Wal-Mart Boosts Stocks With Earnings Surprise Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 9:20 AM ET

    Stocks are squarely in positive ground this morning helped by a surprise comment from Wal-Mart that its earnings will be better than expected this quarter. Chain stores report monthly sales today and expectations have been low. Macy's for instance is down 2.7%, Limited was down 4%, Chico's is down 8.3% and Nordstrom cut its third quarter forecast.

  • Retailers: Warm Weather Yields Cold Sales Thursday, 11 Oct 2007 | 8:52 AM ET

    Warm weather left apparel retailers with a lot of unsold suits and sweaters in September. Limited, Chico's, Abercrombie, Gap and Limited missed. Men's Wearhouse cut its forecast for third quarter profits, citing "continued softening in traffic trends."

  • Retailers Expected to Post Weak Sales for September Wednesday, 10 Oct 2007 | 2:06 PM ET
    Holiday Shopper at Walmart

    Balmy temperatures meant a few more weeks of summer, but the warm weather likely put a chill on retail sales.