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  • Wholesale Inventories Up, Retail Sales Weaken Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | 11:21 AM ET

    Inventories of unsold goods at U.S. wholesalers rose 0.5 percent in May, boosted by a buildup in a range of goods including automobiles, metals and electrical supplies, government data showed Tuesday.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Tuesday, 10 Jul 2007 | 8:54 AM ET

    The market is on Fed watch today as traders await a speech by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on inflation. Stocks are weaker ahead of the open this morning after some negative earnings news. European markets are trading lower and Asia was mixed overnight.

  • Australia's largest supermarket chain, Woolworths, reported a 9.6% jump in fourth-quarter sales, and upgraded its full-year profit outlook, as it continues to take market share from struggling rival Coles Group.

  • Anti-Trust Ruling: More React On Retail Industry Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | 2:01 PM ET
    Hedda Shupak

    The controversy over just what the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Leegin v. PSKS means is still fueling debate. Hedda Schupak, Editor-in-chief of Fine Jewelry publication JCK wrote in with her impression on just what the ruling will mean for high end retailers. She seems to think that price-flooring has been going on for a long time and that the new ruling won't change those practices that drastically.

  • Children's Place Sees Wider Second-Quarter Loss Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | 10:41 AM ET

    Children's Place Retail Stores said Monday that June same-store sales fell 4%, forcing the company to forecast a wider net loss for the current quarter than analysts had expected.

  • Chevy Boosts GM Europe's First-Half Sales Growth Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | 5:34 AM ET

    General Motors sales outgrew the broader European car market in the first half as a surge in demand for its Korean-built Chevrolet brand cars offset a hefty decline in Saab sales, the automaker said on Monday.

  • Harris Associates Looks to Sell Giordano Stake Sunday, 8 Jul 2007 | 10:46 PM ET

    U.S. investment firm Harris Associates is looking to sell its 14% stake in apparel firm Giordano International as it is not happy with the company's earnings and dividends, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.

  • Frederic Fekkai: Branding His Salons To New Markets Thursday, 5 Jul 2007 | 1:10 PM ET
    Frederic Fekkai

    He's the man behind the brand with a face and name as famous as his red carpet clients. French-born Frederic Fekkai built an American empire of hair salons. Now after 18 years in the salon business, Fekkai wants to take his name brand into the global luxury market. "We think that in the next 2 years we will have 20 salons open," Frederic told me at his new Soho Salon on West Broadway in Manhattan.

  • Hey everyone, I've got an update on my U.S. Supreme Court antitrust decision post. One hedge fund manager I spoke with responded to my question about how the ruling will affect the apparel business. All that follows is a summary of his take: The decision about enforcing minimum pricing will have almost no effect with one possible HUGE exception. Power brands like Polo, Juicy, Coach, Calvin Klein already decide the minimum pricing of their products.

  • Crystal Heart Pouch $135

    Here's the quick and dirty on what yesterday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Leegin v. PSKS means for retail: The case of Leegin v. PSKS came to the docket of the Supreme Court after a dispute over the sale prices of designer handbags. Brighton/Leegin of City of Industry, Calif. Brighton/Leegin required a Lewisville, Texas, boutique, Kay's Kloset, to agree in writing not to sell its products below a certain price.

  • Restaurants Climb Top U.S. Retailers' List: Report Friday, 29 Jun 2007 | 6:33 AM ET

    In a sign of the growing influence that restaurants have on how and where consumers spend their money, a major retail trade group has included for the first time six restaurant companies on its list of the top 100 retailers, released on Friday.

  • German May Retail Sales Down 1.8% Friday, 29 Jun 2007 | 3:02 AM ET

    German retail sales declined 1.8% in real terms in May compared with April and fell 3.7% from May last year, according to preliminary figures from the Federal Statistics Office.

  • British music and books company HMV Group said Thursday full-year profit halved, and it is in talks about selling its Japanese unit.

  • European Stocks to Watch: Northern Rock Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 | 1:07 PM ET

    Shares of Northern Rock plummeted 12% after the U.K. mortgage lender cut its 2007 profit expectations Wednesday, as higher interest rates weighed on funding costs and the prospects for real estate in Britain.

  • Best Buy said on Wednesday that it would open more North American stores than previously planned, buy back $5.5 billion in stock and raise its dividend by 30 percent.

  • Japan Retail Sales Beat Expectations, Rise in May Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 11:03 PM ET

    Japanese retail sales unexpectedly rose in May from a year earlier, government data showed, pointing to a slight recovery in personal spending, but economists expect consumption to remain weak in the coming months.

  • Macy's & Dell: Dude You're Getting A Pink Laptop Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 4:51 PM ET
    Dell XPS M1330

    Color and personalization of the new XPS M1330 notebook are how Dell is choosing to highlight its design innovation and separate itself from competitors. The PC maker debuted its new line of notebooks Tuesday in an unusual way in an unlikely setting: a runway show in Macy's Herald Square. The launch is all part of Dell's efforts to regain marketshare lost to competitor H-P by rebranding with a more stylish edge.

  • Kroger Profit Hit by Labor Charge, Shares Lower Tuesday, 26 Jun 2007 | 2:32 PM ET

    Kroger the nation's largest traditional supermarket chain, said Tuesday first-quarter profit jumped 10 percent but was slowed by labor unrest. Its shares sank more than 5 percent in trading Tuesday.

  • Dell Laptops

    Every once in awhile there is a partnership or corporate event that sort of makes you scratch your head. Journalists and analysts are paid to connect the dots but on both fronts, the people I've spoken with today are wondering what's behind Dell's choice to launch its new product line at Macy's in Herald Square. The launch will be Tuesday morning in Manhattan and Dell executives including Sr. Vice President Alex Gruzen will be on hand for the runway show of products.

  • Paris Hilton Released: What Should She Do? (Tell Me) Monday, 25 Jun 2007 | 8:53 AM ET
    Paris Hilton

    Paris The Thought: It all starts anew this week. With Ms. Hilton leaving jail, email me with suggestions on how she might effectively rebrand herself. Seeking big money from networks has backfired--especially since she doesn't actually need money. Perhaps she should have said the dough would be donated to programs that help inmates. Yes, it's easy to crack wise (and feel free to!), but, seriously, what should she do now? There's a CNBC coffee mug in it for the most thoughtful reply.