Retail Sales


  • Adrian Peterson: Big Business As "Purple Jesus" Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 3:12 PM ET

    Coming off his single game rushing yards record on Sunday, the hype surrounding Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has reached a fever pitch. Perhaps the most remarkable story coming at the water cooler where fantasy sports owners have been talking up Peterson, who was drafted in most leagues as an early-to mid-third round pick.

  • Tesco

    Tesco is an awful name for a company that sells food, don’t you think? Makes me think of Texaco, or Test-co, or something else that starts with “test” which I won’t mention here. Perhaps that’s one reason why you won’t see the name Tesco anywhere on the UK grocery giant’s long-awaited, very expensive entry into the U.S. market.

  • Apparel Retailers May See Higher Sales in October Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 1:16 PM ET

    U.S. apparel retailers saw a mild improvement in October following a very weak September, as higher sales of women's clothes offset a decline in menswear, according to data released Wednesday by SpendingPulse.

  • UK Grocer Tesco Takes on Wal-Mart in California Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    U.K.-based grocery chain Tesco is making its move into America -- and taking on Wal-Mart Stores and Whole Foods.

  • Market Story Today: Weak U.S. Dollar Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:39 PM ET

    Market leaders like metal and energy and tech stocks got help from financials today--that hasnt happened in a long time. But the big story was the weak dollar, which helped push gold, silver, and oil to new highs. Commodity stocks like precious metals, steel, and iron ore also surged.

  • Media Moguls Meet On (What Else) The Media Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 4:13 PM ET

    The biggest names in media are at the Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan for private equity firm Quadrangle's 'Four Square' conference. The event is closed to the press but I got my hands on an agenda and am spending the afternoon outside the hotel.

  • Retail Stocks: No Bottom In Sight Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 1:26 PM ET

    With retail stocks down 11% year to date, you would think some would be out looking to call a bottom, but bearishness remains very high among retail analysts. Morgan Stanley very typical of that mood this morning, was out with a long note on retailers called "Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold, Just Wrong."

  • To say that investors are nervous about October's same store sales results would be the understatement of the year. Just this morning, Morgan Stanley put out a note downgrading many apparel companies to "cautious" status and stating that "we expect that "60% of major retailers to post down margins in 2008, with EPS growth of 9% vs. Street at 14%."

  • Crate and Barrel's CB2 Chain Launches in Manhattan Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 5:13 AM ET

    While the U.S. housing slowdown is crimping sales at numerous home furnishings retailers, it isn't stopping Crate and Barrel from forging ahead with plansto expand its offshoot CB2 brand.

  • Activision Swings to Profit on 'Transformers' Sales Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 5:24 PM ET

    Activision posted a small second-quarter profit, compared to a loss a year earlier, as revenue at the second-biggest U.S. videogame publisher jumped on sales of titles like "Transformers" and "Guitar Hero."

  • Stop Trading!: Stay Away From Ambac, MBIA Monday, 5 Nov 2007 | 3:14 PM ET

    These mortgage insurers are in denial, Cramer said. Also, the best sectors to invest in now and why retail is no longer a lost cause.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.

  • Need A Little "Despair.com" In Your Life? Sunday, 4 Nov 2007 | 12:37 PM ET

    Thanks to Tim J. for sending me a link to the BEST WEB SITE EVER (ok, I exaggerate): www.despair.com. On Despair.com, they take on the corporate motivational crud you've been forced to eat for years, like those posters which promise to stimulate 'Hope,' 'Success' and 'Teamwork', and turn them on their "corporate head," with a special twist.

  • Winter Spender Bender? Friday, 2 Nov 2007 | 7:14 PM ET

    Target and other retailers are expected to report gloomy October sales on Thursday. Is anything in the group worth buying?

  • Sony Blu-ray Disc

    Could it be a "black-and-blue" Friday for Blu-ray? There are rumblings about a big announcement coming from Wal-Mart that could give a big boost to HD-DVD. I'm hearing that the company will begin selling the Toshiba HD-A2 for $98 in a special one-day, in-store secret sale. The unit sells for $198 at Circuit City and Amazon, so this is a steep discount.

  • Best Buy Joins Wal-Mart To Cut HD-DVD Prices Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 5:07 PM ET
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    Here's an update to my previous post: Best Buy now confirms it will match Wal-Mart's $98 HD-DVD sale on Friday on the Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player. The web site Gizmodo says Best Buy online is already sold out, but that local pick-up might work. And Blu-ray? The ball's in your court.

  • Wal-Mart's Early Price Cuts: Panic Move Or Smart Biz? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:55 PM ET

    Cut early, be aggressive and roll out gradually. That's Wal-Mart's spacer price strategy for the holidays. And the marketing team at Wal-Mart follows that dictate when it unveils some big ticket price cuts this Friday--more than 2 weeks ahead of "Black Friday," which has traditionally been the kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

  • Dell's "Hell" Turning Into Hellava Buy? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 2:01 PM ET

    You gotta hand it to the folks over at Goldman Sachs, but particularly Brent Bracelin at Pacific Crest Securities who issued a note on Oct. 8, raising his estimates on Dell and singing the company's praises as it emerges from a financial purgatory gripping the company for more than a year.

  • Wal-Mart Jumpstarts Holiday Discounts This Week Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:46 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores said Wednesday it will begin offering this week the type of holiday discounts it typically reserves for "Black Friday" -- the day after Thanksgiving that typically marks the start of the ultra-competitive holiday shopping season.

  • Saks On The Acquisition Block? Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 4:51 PM ET

    Fashion parties are inherently uncomfortable, well-dressed and sometimes awkward events. They can also be a lot of fun for anyone who enjoys getting dressed up having cocktails and looking at beautiful objects/designs. When fashion intersects with retail (the business of selling these sometimes artistic/sometimes commercially minded clothing creations), my job occasionally involves attending some of these parties.

  • "Mall Rats" On Endangered Species List? Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 10:27 AM ET

    So you've heard all the pundits/writers/retail investors (including me) talk about traffic declining at malls across the country. While that is widely read as a sign that shoppers are heading to the malls less and shopping less frequently, I had an interesting conversation with an analyst who thinks that might not actually be the case.