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  • High price points driving growth: Kate Spade CEO Monday, 19 May 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    Kate Spade CEO discusses how aspirational luxury is driving growth.

  • May 15- Auto parts retailer Advance Auto Parts Inc reported a 21 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by the acquisition of the biggest operator of the Carquest chain of auto repair shops and car parts stores.

  • 10 top brands Buffett’s Berkshire owns Monday, 5 May 2014 | 11:59 AM ET
    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett flips over a Dairy Queen Blizzard treat, the most successful product ever released in the history of Dairy Queen.

    About 38,000 people flocked to the shareholder meeting in Omaha this weekend. Here's a highlight of top brands Berkshire Hathaway owns.

  • A special edition of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS running shoe with a depiction of Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., on its insole.

    Inc. reports how Brooks, the specialty running shoe, company went from almost bankrupt to successful with Warren Buffett boost.

  • Marijuana vending machine coming to Colorado Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 12:36 PM ET
    Tranzbyte’s medical marijuana vending machine made its debut in Colorado last week.

    Buying marijuana in pot-friendly Colorado just got even easier, like buying a can of soda or pack of gum from a vending machine.

  • Retailer Michaels' breach affected 3M cards Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    Michaels Stores confirmed that there was a breach of certain systems that process payment cards at its stores and that of its unit, Aaron Brothers.

  • ANALYSIS-Lululemon's status as yogawear's top dog at risk Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 16- Still hurting from last year's see-through yoga pants debacle, Lululemon Athletica Inc is about to face a new headache: stepped up competition from rival yoga retailers, department stores and hot new brands.

  • Liberty cuts stake in struggling Barnes & Noble Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    Liberty Media will cut its large stake in Barnes & Noble, the media company announced on Thursday, but will retain a 10 percent stake.

  • April 3- Specialty retailer Brookstone Inc said it would be bought by Spencer Spirit Holdings Inc for about $147 million as part of a prepackaged bankruptcy protection plan. Brookstone sells products ranging from massage chairs to bathroom slippers and operates more than 300 stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

  • Not pretty: Tiffany swings to a loss on legal woes Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Customers carry Tiffany & Co. shopping bags outside the company's flagship store in New York, March 18, 2014.

    Tiffany reported a loss in the fourth quarter, due primarily to losing an arbitration ruling involving The Swatch Group.

  • Zumiez identifies 'mall violence' as risk Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    Even though most experts say episodes of mall violence don't hurt traffic and sales beyond the immediate days following the occurrence, specialty retailer Zumiez feels differently.

  • Yes, we have a problem—but don't blame Barbie Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 4:07 PM ET
    Carol Roth has her own doll, which comes with a leather-style briefcase purse (perfect, she says, for a laptop or tablet). The book she’s holding is Roth’s “The Entrepreneur Equation.”

    There is a serious problem with objectifying women in America but it's not Barbie's fault, says Carol Roth.

  • Is Fast Retailing getting too ambitious? Wednesday, 5 Mar 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    Fast Retailing is expanding globally, targeting the U.S. and China and potentially acquiring J.Crew, but is the Uniqlo brand owner moving too quickly?

  • March 4- AutoZone Inc, the second-largest U.S. auto parts retailer, reported quarterly results that beat analysts' estimates as a severe winter led to more wear and tear on vehicles. AutoZone shares rose more than 3 percent in premarket trading.

  • March 4- Autozone Inc, a U.S. auto parts retailer, reported a 9.4 percent increase in second-quarter profit as an unseasonably cold winter drove up sales. Net income rose to $192.8 million, or $5.63 cents per share, from $176.3 million, or $4.78 per share, a year earlier. Autozone shares were up 1 percent in premarket trading.

  • Barnes & Noble names digital's Huseby as new CEO Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 9:46 AM ET
    Michael Huseby

    Bookseller Barnes & Noble said that Michael Huseby, the head of its digital division, has been named chief executive, effective immediately.

  • Embattled Abercrombie hoping size will matter Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 9:41 AM ET
    Abercrombie and Fitch models

    After an earlier controversy, poor sales and stock performance, the once-trendy retailer is offering larger sizes as part of a turnaround effort.

  • Sales a feast for consumers, famine for retailers Friday, 6 Dec 2013 | 8:20 AM ET
    Black Friday ad for Wal-Mart

    Consumers have feasted on discounts this holiday season, but it means thinner profit margins for retailers.

  • Retailers reinvent the holiday pop-up shop Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | 9:00 AM ET
    Google's holiday pop-up store showcases tech gadgets. Retailers this year are using temporary retail spaces in more creative ways.

    With less vacant retail space available amid an improving economy, retailers are experimenting with pop-up stores within existing larger spaces.

  • Nothing in-between? The wealth gap alters retail Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    Robert Barakett $59.50 men’s white T-shirt versus Kmart’s Basic Edition $6.98 white T-shirt.

    The market now is a place in which even basic goods such as socks and razors are either incredibly cheap or extremely expensive.