Consumer Discretionary


  • Handbag wars: The great luxury goods divide Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    France's Hermes - maker of the iconic Kelly and Birkin leather handbags - posted a solid set of numbers Thursday, while across the Channel the CEO of Mulberry quit in the latest bout of turbulence for the group.

  • Arizona mulls bill to allow Tesla to skip dealers Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:59 AM ET
    People walk past a Tesla motor company dealership.

    Tesla Motors would be allowed to sell cars in Arizona without establishing a dealer network under a bill approved by a state Senate committee.

  • Will spring fever heat up retail sales?     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    Wal-Mart has a plan to attract consumers into their stores, reports CNBC's Courtney Reagan.

  • Next understands its customers: Pro     Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    Richard Perks, director of retail research at Mintel International, highlights that retailer Next is doing "very well" and says that the underlying U.K. retail environment is "pretty firm."

  • Bentley CEO: 'The Queen is our customer'     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Wolfgang Schreider, chairman and CEO at Bentley Motors, comments on the group's "record year" in 2013 and its strategy - which includes the world's first luxury SUV. He also names the Queen as his favorite customer.

  • Black Friday, spring edition: Wal-Mart’s 2nd Xmas Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 12:01 AM ET
    Customers wait in line to enter a Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving Day in Troy, Mich.

    It's been only four months since shoppers captured Black Friday deals, but the sales ares making a comeback at Wal-Mart for spring.

  • Uber, Lyft, Sidecar facing taxi pushback Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:47 PM ET
    A Lyft customer gets into a car on January 21, 2014 in San Francisco.

    Taxicab companies across the country are asking why the new rideshare drivers aren't required to play by the same rules.

  • Tools and tricks of the 21st century fraudster Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    The World Wide Web has made it easy for 21st century predators to access you, your data and your bank account. All it takes is Internet access and a devious mind.

  • Starbucks bets on 'Oprah effect' for tea business Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 4:07 PM ET
    Howard Schultz, left, chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, clinks tea cups with Oprah Winfrey, right, to announce their partnership to offer Teavana Oprah Chai tea, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Starbucks' annual shareholders meeting in Seattle.

    Oprah Winfrey unveiled her new chai tea drink. The beverage will be sold at Starbucks and Teavana, which was recently bought by the coffee company.

  • Here come the 'Chinese Beatles'! Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    Mayday's five members pose in a still from their recent music video "Step by Step." From left, Guan You (drummer), Masa (bassist), Monster (guitarist), Ashin (vocalist) and Stone(guitarist).

    A band known as the "Chinese Beatles" is about to hit U.S. shores. (Cue the screaming girls.) Is this the beginning of a "Chinese Invasion" of music?

  • Skip the tip, restaurant CEO says Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Noodles' Kevin Reddy weighs in about possible increases in the minimum wage and why his restaurant chain has a no-tip policy.

  • Flight 370 is about people, not entertainment Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    There are a lot of wild tales about the mystery of Flight 370 but it's important to focus on the actual story, not the desired Hollywood version.

  • No price hike planned at Starbucks: CEO Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 1:15 PM ET
    Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks

    Despite rising coffee prices, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told CNBC on Wednesday he does not plan to raise prices at its retail stores.

  • German company can 3-D print a car Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:55 AM ET
    EDAG Genesis

    Wired Magazine reports that German engineering firm EGAD has a design for 3-D printed the frame of a car.

  • Tesla's state-by-state battle     Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports there is a meeting taking place in Albany, NY regarding the direct sale of Tesla cars in New York.

  • 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.

  • LivingSocial on the hunt for growth Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    LivingSocial is putting its turbulent past in the rearview mirror and is now focused on growing its revenue.

  • 3 reasons Tesla and car dealers need to make peace Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    Former Chrysler chief Robert Nardelli says direct sales from a company like Tesla can and should work for car dealers.

  • Short on time? Shop while waiting for the subway Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 10:42 AM ET
    Columbus Circle, New York

    Manhattan's Columbus Circle subway concourse will soon be home to up to 30 shops, selling beauty, apparel, accessories and food.

  • This opens up a Pandora's box for GM: Nardelli Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:40 AM ET
    Robert Nardelli, founder XLR-8 and senior advisor at Cerberus Capital Management

    Former Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli tells CNBC what Toyota's $1 billion settlement with the government means for GM's recall troubles.