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  • TJX

    TJX said its second-quarter profit was cut by more than a half as the discount retailer recorded a $118 million charge due to costs from a massive breach of customer data, mostly to build up a reserve to cover estimated future expenses.

  • WalMart

    Wal-Mart Stores Tuesday posted quarterly sales and profit that fell short of expectations, and lowered its earnings forecast, saying that customers remain under economic pressure. Chief Executive Lee Scott blamed the disappointing performance on economic pressure around the world.

  • Erin Burnett and Me Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 9:55 AM ET
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  • Swatch Reports Improved First-Half Results Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 2:08 AM ET

    Swatch Group reported a much improved first-half net profit, driven by continued strong consumer spending and positive currency effects.

  • Inflation Boosts Chinese July Retail Sales Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 1:19 AM ET

    China's retail sales growth accelerated in July, the government said on Tuesday, reflecting strong household spending in the world's fourth-largest economy but also a pick-up in inflation that is worrying policy makers.

  • That's Hot Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 5:05 PM ET
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    A company called Summer Soles says our feet are sweating sooooo much in this heat that we'd do ANYTHING to stop it. Naturally, the company sells peel-and-stick fabric sole inserts which whisk away foot sweat. Hey, somebody's gotta do it.

  • Times Under Fire Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 2:30 PM ET

    The New York Times may be the paper of record, it might have earned the title 'Gray Lady,' but it cannot escape the changing times. I'm not talking about the fact that that print publications across the board are suffering ad revenue declines and subscription dips.

  • Solid U.S. Retail Sales Boost Hopes for Growth Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 12:49 PM ET
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    U.S. consumers spent more boldly than expected last month as declining gasoline prices shielded household budgets, government data showed on Monday.

  • Tesco

    Tesco's Fresh + Direct will be opening in the U.S. in November. The company, which is the U.K.'s answer to Wal-Mart, will be launching first on the West Coast and is remaining mum regarding its expansion in the rest of the country. Company spokesperson Greg Sage wouldn't elaborate on when or if they plan to come to the East Coast. Right now, the company is focused on Phoenix, L.A., Las Vegas and a few other West Coast markets.

  • David Beckham

    When I first heard that David Beckham was coming to play in Major League Soccer, I knew the truth. Beckham would be great for the financial success of the league for at least one year, but that soccer wouldn't be any better off. But with Beckham constantly sidelined, I actually think that MLS might actually come out in worse shape than when before Beckham started.

  • Fred Franzia

    Here's the second of two part of my post on wine maker Fred Franzia: If Franzia isn't quite a pariah in Napa Valley, he's close. He prefers "maverick," known for his straight-talking complaints about what he calls a snooty wine business, indignant over the high cost of wine for no real reason other than greed, and an approach to the American consumer that severely restricts the industry's overall growth.

  • Fred Franzia

    Sure, I'm the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, but every now and then I get to cover stories from that other newsmaking valley just north of here: Napa Valley. We're working up a story on Fred Franzia and when it comes to the wine business, he's probably not a name you easily recognize. There's Mondavi; the Gallos; and yes, Fred Franzia. He's either revered, or reviled, depending upon whom you talk to in the wine world.

  • Beijing Games 2008 -- Video Roundup Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 10:50 AM ET
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    One year from Wednesday, Aug. 8, the 2008 Olympic Games will begin in Beijing -- focusing the world's attention on China like never before.  As part of our one-year countdown to the games, CNBC sent Darren Rovell and Melissa Lee to China for a series of special reports.

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    There's no question that Blockbuster's livelihood is under attack--the business of driving to a store to rent a DVD and driving back when you're done is threatened from video on demand, and digital downloads, especially since both technologies are getting better and faster. So, looking to avoid going the way of the Beta Max, Blockbuster just purchased online movie downloading company Movielink for under $20 million.

  • Kohl's Vera Wang Line: Why Don't They Talk About It? Friday, 10 Aug 2007 | 8:38 AM ET
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    It is the biggest launch in Kohl's history but the company does not want to discuss it. That was what Kohl's press person told me when I phoned to ask if there were any events planned around the September 9th launch of their first major guest designer clothing line. With the massive launch of the Vera Wang designed "Simply Vera" collection, you would expect that Kohl's would be backing up their bet on Vera with a media onslaught. But that's not the case.

  • Perry Ellis

    Talk about the American dream. I went to the Perry Ellis showroom yesterday in midtown Manhattan for an exclusive conversation with company CEO George Feldenkreis. Normally, George and his son Oscar Feldenkreis (President & COO) work out of the Miami, FL corporate headquarters, but the two were in town to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary and to ring the closing bell at the Nasdaq.

  • U.S. discounters and department stores reported strong July sales on Thursday, but clothing stores suffered from a slow start to the back-to-school shopping season.

  • Home Depot Shares Slip on Unit Sale, Buyback Price News Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | 11:45 AM ET
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    Retailer Home Depot said Thursday that it was in discussions to restructure terms of its previously announced deal to sell its supply unit, and also said it was lowering the price range for a tender offer under which it is buying back stock.

  • Li-Ning

    If you're watching CNBC today, you'll see my piece on the battle of shoe brands in China as the Olympics approaches. (You can also see it on CNBC.com right now or in clip below). Anyway, unfortunately there's only so much to fit in in "television time" and I had three great interviews with top executives from Nike, adidas and Li-Ning. So I thought it would only be fair if I could run the best parts of the three interviews in the blog.

  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Agenda in the Markets Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 10:01 AM ET
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    The Fed's comments yesterday calmed some of the credit angst in the markets and set the stage for a move higher in global equities. U.S. stocks are positioned to trade higher this morning, and Cisco's strong earnings news is adding some punch to the Nasdaq.