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  • Compass Gains on Strong Trading Results Friday, 16 Feb 2007 | 4:31 AM ET

    Shares in Britain's Compass Group were the biggest FTSE gainer on Friday after it said trading in the first four months of its financial year had been marginally ahead of expectations.

  • LVMH Full-Year Profit Jumps 30% Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 | 2:00 PM ET

    LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the Paris-based luxury goods empire, said Wednesday its wines & spirits division led a 30% increase in net profit last year, as champagne drinkers moved upmarket to more expensive brands of bubbly.

  • Cashing In On Cupid Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 | 10:53 AM ET

    Americans will spend almost $17 billion to celebrate Valentine's Day, on flowers, cards, jewelry and more. Some businesses, such as Godiva Chocolatier, are institutions in the Valentine’s market. In a CNBC.com video interview, President Jim Goldman talks about why chocolate continues to be a perennial favorite.

  • Chipping Away Wednesday, 14 Feb 2007 | 10:26 AM ET

    With MP3 players and video games eating into sales, toymakers are embracing technology, saying "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." That strategy will be on display at the American International Toy Fair Show in New York starting Sunday.

  • Mattel

    The country’s biggest toy fair is now underway in New York, and Mattel CEO Bob Eckert joined CNBC's Sue Herera to discuss the toymaker’s new product line. In an era when the iPod and X-Box are as transposable to children as Barbie and Ken once were, toymakers are scurrying to reinvent the toy to better reflect what kids really want.  

  • Fashion Week Uncovered Saturday, 10 Feb 2007 | 9:36 AM ET

    CNBC covers Fall 2007 Fashion Week in New York's Bryant Park.

  • Video Game Of The Year Nominees Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 3:26 PM ET

    Epic Games and Microsoft Game Studios’ "Gears of War" leads the pack with 10 nominations at the 10th annual Interactive Achievement Awards Feb. 8.

  • Frigid winter winds blew life into U.S. retailers' January sales as consumers snapped up cold weather clothes.

  • Finding Winners In A Retail Rebound Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 11:43 AM ET

    The nation's clothing stores released their January sales figures this morning and a solid number of retailers are coming in above expectations. Shoppers who redeemed their gift cards were a plus for Saks, Federated and Nordstrom. And, although frigid weather came late this year, it helped boost sales in outdoor apparel.

  • Hermes Says 2006 Revenue Up 6% Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 8:11 AM ET

    Fashion label Hermes International said revenue was up 6.1% in 2006 on strong growth in all regions, according to a statement posted in French newspapers Thursday.

  • Checking Oil "Pressure" And More Sub-Prime Woes Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 | 7:56 AM ET

    Stocks look mixed to weaker ahead of the opening after yesterday's Dow rise into record territory reversed course, leaving the key index flat on the day. Early focus this morning is on the European Central Bank's rate decision and then retailers' January sales reports could help drive sentiment.

  • Fashion Targets The Masses Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 10:16 AM ET

    More and more high-end designers are making collections at lower-price points to build their brands and profit from the public's appetite for fashion. Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Isaac Mizrahi have forged deals with such major retail chains as Kohl's, Target and Macy’s.

  • Audi Says January Sales Rose 8% Wednesday, 7 Feb 2007 | 5:37 AM ET

    Luxury automaker Audi AG said Wednesday that sales of its cars worldwide rose 8% last month compared with the same period a year ago.

  • Wal-Mart Sees January Same-Store Sales Up 2.2% Monday, 5 Feb 2007 | 3:34 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores estimated on Saturday that January sales rose a stronger-than-expected 2.2% at its U.S. stores open at least a year, as shoppers redeemed their holiday gift cards.

  • The Skinny On Fashion: Will Designers "Beef Up?" Friday, 2 Feb 2007 | 4:06 PM ET

    Fashion Week kicks off today in New York City – although the event itself seems to be taking a bit of a backseat to the backlash the fashion industry faces over “super-skinny” models. Teri Agins is the fashion reporter for The Wall Street Journal. On “Street Signs,” she spoke of the worldwide protest....

  • Thursday's pre-orders for "Deathly Hallows" exceeded the first two weeks of pre-orders for its predecessor, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Seattle-based Amazon said.

  • Dell Returns and Greenspan's "Briefcase" Award Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 8:22 AM ET

    Stocks in the U.S. for now, look ready to run at the opening bell, continuing yesterday's Fed triggered rally. Some fresh data, pending home sales, auto sales, and some big earnings, including oil companies, are the headlines investors will watch today. Chinese stocks stabilized overnight, and Japanese shares rose.

  • Ahold Fourth-Quarter Sales Down Thursday, 1 Feb 2007 | 3:13 AM ET

    Dutch retailer Ahold  said on Thursday fourth-quarter sales fell 3 % as its sluggish U.S. retail operations offset strong domestic sales growth and margins affected by restructuring costs.

  • Pier 1 Taps TJX Executive Alex Smith to Be New CEO Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 | 12:20 PM ET

    Struggling home decor retailer Pier 1 Imports  on Tuesday said Alex Smith, who was most recently senior executive vice president with TJX , would become chief executive.

  • Gap Interim Chief Says Retailer Isn't for Sale: Report Thursday, 25 Jan 2007 | 9:22 AM ET

    Gap  interim Chief Executive Robert Fisher is assuring the clothing retailer's employees that the company is not for sale, the New York Post reported, citing sources.