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  • CNBC's Domm: Today's Market Outlook Wednesday, 20 Dec 2006 | 7:57 AM ET

    U.S. stocks are aiming higher after a late day rally gave stocks a lift yesterday, resulting in another record on the Dow but in a mixed market. Oil is firmer this morning, and energy shares were among those rebounding late yesterday after several losing sessions. Tokyo stocks were higher, and European markets were mostly higher with technology stocks among the winners.

  • Toy Sales: Big Boxes, Low Prices Rule Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 1:36 PM ET

    Posh FAO Schwarz in Manhattan is jammed with shoppers -- but CNBC's Margaret Brennan says big-box stores like Wal-Mart grab some 57% of all toy sales.

  • Will Palm Hold Its Own In Hand-Held Market? Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 1:01 PM ET

    It's a day of reckoning for Palm--which is set to release its earnings later today. The hand-held pioneer has seen its market share dwindle to almost nothing--with rivals like Research in Motion (they make the BlackBerry) now dominating the market. So what's ahead for Palm? Can it come back? Jon Fortt is Senior Editor at Business 2.0 magazine....

  • Five Tech Toys For Adults Tuesday, 19 Dec 2006 | 9:17 AM ET

    Forget about the iPod or Wii. Here's five tech gadgets that deserve to be on any wish list -- and only one of them will cost you a small fortune.

  • Retailers Shouldn't Sweat Warm Days Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 4:01 PM ET

    Warm weather has brought doom and gloom forecasts of apparel sales this season, but there's still reason for some cheer.

  • Attention holiday shoppers: Waiting until the last minute may land you a few deals, but you may not find the gift you're looking for.

  • No Shortage Of Discounts Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 3:06 PM ET

    Holiday sales may be running slow, but that’s not for a lack of discounting by retailers.

  • Web Sales Beating Expectations Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 11:29 AM ET

    Good timing: Holiday shopping on the Web has reached $20 billion so far, up from $16 billion over the same period last year. Patti Freeman Evans, senior retail analyst at Jupiter Research, attributes the boom to more product offerings, aggressive marketing – and to many more Internet retailers offering on-time delivery guarantees.

  • Retailers Profit From Unused Gift Cards Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 10:47 AM ET

    Shoppers across America have millions of gift cards tucked away in envelopes, drawers and wallets. And some of the nation's largest retailers are profiting as a result.

  • Looking Ahead: Will Stocks Pull Back? Monday, 18 Dec 2006 | 10:47 AM ET

    Mergers and acquisitions are helping to fuel the U.S. markets this morning. But will the markets be bullish or bearish next year? David Briggs, Head Of Global Equity Trading At Federated Investors shared his outlook for ’07 – along with Bill Noonan CEO of Contravisory Research and Management.

  • First Look For Monday on cnbc.com Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 4:18 PM ET

    This coming Monday will leave us just one week to go before Christmas--but there's still plenty of shopping ahead. CNBC-TV will be covering the retail sales picture for this last week. Britt Beemer is Chairman of America's Research Group and he'll be a guest on "Squawk Box" --and  give a detailed analysis of the shopping scene....

  • Warm Weather May Hurt Apparel Sales Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 3:57 PM ET

    The unseasonably warm weather in much of the nation may curb apparel sales this holiday season--which might be a good thing for merchants that don't sell clothes.

  • Warm Winter, Lukewarm Apparel Sales Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 2:41 PM ET

    Will the unseasonably warm weather across the U.S. slam sales of winter garments?  Two industry-watchers think the effects will be mild.

  • The strategist offers CNBC’s Becky Quick a few of his “ten themes” for investing next year in an interview on cnbc.com’s home page.

  • Online Buying: "Eating Up" Your Privacy?    Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 2:11 PM ET

    More and more people are doing their shopping online. And marketers have developed sophisticated ways of tracking your tastes and collecting your data. Is this a high tech "cookie" crusade that threatens to crumble your privacy? Or do cookies spark competition with retailers using the information to win your business?

  • Waiting Online Friday, 15 Dec 2006 | 12:21 PM ET

    If you're not up to facing the crowds at the stores this weekend, and are thinking online shopping may be the way to go, be prepared for traffic of a different kind.

  • Alice Hill, Founder and CEO, RealTechNews.com Thursday, 14 Dec 2006 | 4:14 PM ET

    The gadget guru shows CNBC’s Jim Goldman the “affordable stuff” everyone will want in 2007. See the interview only on cnbc.com’s home page.

  • Seasonal Retail May Blossom – But Slowly Thursday, 14 Dec 2006 | 12:24 PM ET

    Eleven shopping days and counting.  Holiday sales got off to a rip-roaring start on Black Friday, then seemed to lose steam. Will retailers end December in the black? Industry watcher Marshall Cohen says yes but it may take most of the month to get there.

  • Costco Lowers Earnings Guidance Thursday, 14 Dec 2006 | 12:05 PM ET

    Shares of Costco Wholesale gave back some of today's gains  after the retailer released earnings guidance below what analysts had been looking for.

  • Market Wrap: Retail Stocks Lift The Dollar Wednesday, 13 Dec 2006 | 5:06 PM ET

    The U.S. market indexes closed relatively unchanged after a bumpy day of trading. Bob Pisani was CNBC’s “Eye on the Floor,” and he wondered if this recent stall in the markets was a sign of “buyer exhaustion.” The Dow Jones Industrial Average did rally in early trading – enough to take it to a new intraday high. But it spent most of the day in the red before finishing up two points.