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  • Sharper Image, Lillian Vernon File for Bankruptcy Wednesday, 20 Feb 2008 | 10:21 AM ET
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    Troubled retailers Sharper Image and Lillian Vernon have filed for bankruptcy, pointing to the effects of a weak holiday season and a struggling economy.

  • Dream Team: Apple's iTunes & Fox's 'Idol' Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 6:54 PM ET
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    Talk about a power duo: Apple's iTunes just became a signature sponsor and the official online content supplier for American Idol. This means if you want to hear or watch a video of a music performance, you can find it all on iTunes for 99 cents or $1.99 starting March 11. Apple is joining Coke, Ford, and AT&T...

  • Sony's Big Blu-ray Win (And The Next Challenge) Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 5:48 PM ET
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    Wall Street was thrilled that Sony's Blu-ray has officially won the high def format battle. Sony's stock made gains Tuesday  on the news that Toshiba will stop making HD-DVD players. This is the final piece in a long battle that dragged on for years, losing movie studios hundreds of millions...

  • Taste Preview: Gatorade Tiger Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 5:09 PM ET

    In October, Gatorade agreed to, for the first time ever, license an athlete's name for a product and give that athlete a percentage of product sales. That athlete was Tiger Woods and we projected that Woods would make more than $11 million in royalties from March 2008 to March 2009.

  • NBA All-Star Losers: The Shoes Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 12:06 PM ET
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    I can't recall an NBA All-Star Game where there were fewer shoes to buzz about. ...How does Dwight Howard win the dunk contest in a Superman cape and in what is essentially a generic Adidas shoe? I posed that question to Adidas spokesman Travis Gonzolez...

  • Vumber: A Stunt Double for Phone Numbers Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 10:34 AM ET
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    Do you want total control over your phone number? Want to track calls made by dozens of salespeople? Want a local number in L.A. when your business is in New York? All this and keeping identity thieves at bay are possible with virtual numbers made available through a company called Vumber.

  • American Apparel CEO Trial Starts Today Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008 | 8:24 AM ET
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    Now that American Apparel CEO Dov Charney's sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit is headed to trial, will there be changes in the boardroom or behavior in how day-to-day management of American Apparel is handled? ...The trial is set to begin today...

  • Valentine's Day got a little heated for some Retail Detail readers. I posted my interview with FTD's CEO right here yesterday for all of you to get a little insight into what goes on during one of the busiest days of the year in the floral industry. My friends on "Squawk Box: interviewed the CEO of 1-800-Flowers (FLWS) yesterday morning as well.

  • NASCAR: Why It Needs Dale Earnhardt To Win Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 1:21 PM ET
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    With a Bud Shootout and Gatorade Duels victory, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 2-for-2 in non-point races, which should come as a relief to NASCAR executives. The statistics on Earnhardt are scary. In his last 114 real races, Earnhardt has won only twice. That's a winning percentage of 1.75 percent.

  • Comcast Gives the Street Relief Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 12:48 PM ET
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    Comcast's stock has fallen more than 30 percent in the past year -- painful for Comcast shareholders, including some activist shareholders who own chunks of stock. But Thursday, Comcast's stock made gains after the cable company announced its earnings and a quarterly dividend...

  • Best Buy Cuts Outlook as Sales Likely to Slow Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 9:20 AM ET
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    Best Buy cut its fiscal 2008 profit outlook Friday, blaming in part lower-than-expected sales growth in January.

  • H&M Same-Store Sales Rise 3% in January Friday, 15 Feb 2008 | 4:06 AM ET
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    Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz reported on Friday a 3 percent rise in January sales at stores open more than a year, lagging market expectations.

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