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  • End of Wal-Mart Layaway Hurting Discount Giant? Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 1:36 PM ET

    In today's credit card society--layaway has all but gone away. The latest to join this trend is Wal-Mart. The discount giant says it will discontinue the service at all its stores by the end of this year. Some are accusing Wal-Mart of turning away from its core customers. And others are saying this decision is hurting Wal-Mart's troubled stock even more.

  • Holiday shoppers are procrastinating, but retailers aren’t panicking and offering bigger discounts to lure people in.

  • CNBC's Cohn: To Catch A Retail Thief Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 9:17 AM ET

    Two weeks and counting until Christmas, and the shoppers are out in force. But so are the shoplifters, who get more sophisticated all the time. Now, they're facing a new kind of resistance. On this morning’s “Squawk Box”  CNBC’s Scott Cohn went behind the scenes to see what business are doing to catch these thieves.

  • Web Winners Predicted For Top Sales Week Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 9:08 AM ET

    If you haven't finsihed your holiday shopping. Don’t worry: Gian Fulgoni is sure you’ll get to it today, Tuesday or Wednesday.

  • CNBC Survey: Shoppers Proscrastinating Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 7:18 AM ET

    Procrastination nation." That's how Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman described the state of the holiday shopping, based on the latest CNBC survey.

  • Monday Interviews: Online Shopping Monday, 11 Dec 2006 | 7:00 AM ET

    Online sales are supposed to increase 20% this year. Winners and losers are already emerging. And it's becoming clear what's hot and what's hot. Find out from one tracking sales and another doing the selling.

  • U.S. Stores Lure Shoppers With Discounts Sunday, 10 Dec 2006 | 10:06 PM ET

    The serious holiday shoppers were back in U.S. stores and malls over the weekend, buying in earnest but also making sure they came away with great bargains. 

  • U.S. Holiday Sales Seen Weak, Shoppers Await Deals Sunday, 10 Dec 2006 | 9:53 PM ET

    U.S. sales should be weaker than expected this holiday season due to the lack of a particular "must-have" item and a dearth of Christmas cheer to entice shoppers, a retail industry consultant said.

  • With an hour left in trading, the markets were up. A strong U.S. jobs report today counterbalanced less then stellar consumer sentiment. CNBC’s Mary Thompson reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, saying that both Citigroup and McDonald’s were among the winners today. Mickey D’s hit a seven-year high on strong November sales.

  • Help Wanted -- Maybe Friday, 8 Dec 2006 | 9:46 AM ET

    If you can't seem to find enough sales help at the store, there may be a reason. Margaret Brennan reports on Squawk Box that retailers may wind up hiring less temporary workers this year. Target, Wal-Mart and The Limited all plan on keeping hiring at 2005 levels.

  • Stocks For Stocking Stuffers Thursday, 7 Dec 2006 | 10:43 AM ET

    If you're out of holiday gift ideas, there's always stocks for that hard-to-shop-for person. "Squawk On The Street" unveiled its Four For The Holidays feature today.

  • Analyst: Focus On Smaller, Cyclical Stocks Thursday, 7 Dec 2006 | 10:28 AM ET

    What do homebuilding, footwear and computer hardware stocks have in common? They're all good value plays, says Craig Callahan, president of ICON Advisors. He was on “Squawk on the Street” to talk with Mark Haines and Erin Burnett about his picks. ICON predicts steady growth for some companies in these areas.

  • Stuart Freeman, Chief Equity Strategist, A.G. Edwards Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 | 3:17 PM ET

    Freeman tells CNBC's Carl Quintanilla why consumer confidence will soften and housing inventories will improve in 2007 in an interview only on cnbc.com’s home page.

  • Best Buy Results to Give Clues on Holiday Sales Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 | 1:55 PM ET

    Investors will get a first look at whether early strong holiday sales for electronics are translating into higher profits when Best Buy reports its quarterly results next week.

  • Sales Still Soft - Shoppers Wait For Discounts Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 | 1:32 PM ET

    Eighteen days to go and with the temperatures swinging like a pendulum, CNBC’s Margaret Brennan looked at how holiday shopping trends are ebbing and flowing.

  • Kroger Near 6-Year High Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 10:26 AM ET

    The stock of the nation's largest traditional grocery chain hit its highest level since January, 2001 as the company reported earnings above Wall Street's expectations.

  • Woolworths Says Sales May Not Meet Forecasts Tuesday, 5 Dec 2006 | 3:38 AM ET

    Woolworths Group, a British retailer of goods ranging from food to DVDs, said Tuesday it may not meet analysts' forecasts after sales fell in October and November.

  • Victoria’s Secret Sales Get Hotter Monday, 4 Dec 2006 | 6:00 PM ET
    Adriana Lima

    The weather outside is frightful, but the sales are so delightful at Victoria’s Secret Stores. Sharen Turney, the CEO of Victoria’s Secret, was joined by sultry supermodels Adriana Lima and Selita Ebanks on the NYSE floor, where they gave CNBC’s Bob Pisani the inside scoop on the company’s success.

  • Retail sales in the U.S. rose a paltry 2.1% in November. Now the race is on to capture valuable holiday shopper dollars before the end of the season. But are the discounts being offered to lure customers into stores shaving too much off the retail industry’s profit margins? Marshall Cohen – chief retail analyst at NPD Group – seems to thinks so.

  • Walgreen Sees Same-Store Sales Rise Monday, 4 Dec 2006 | 11:14 AM ET

    Walgreen posted a greater-than-expected 9.3% rise in sales at stores open at least a year in November, sending its shares up more than 3%.