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  • Why Retailers Are Stuck in a 'Stockdale Economy' Monday, 31 Oct 2011 | 12:18 PM ET

    Consumers have been giving in to their desire to feel good with retail therapy. Their willingness to open their wallets wider has helped push earnings up and retailers to recent 52-week highs.

  • Movie Fantasy Jobs Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 1:31 PM ET
    Movies have glamorized many occupations over the years. The films of Humphrey Bogart let viewers live vicariously as street-smart private eyes. James Bond made audience members imagine themselves as debonair, globe-hopping spies with exotic seductresses in every port of call. And Clint Eastwood’s westerns made people visualize themselves as the frontier’s messengers of bloody vengeance.What these films failed to do was accurately convey a picture of their main characters’ day-to-day finances. Wa

    CNBC.com considered how famous movie characters made their living. We found what their salaries would be in real life, then determined if they could really afford to live in that apartment, drive that car, or eat at that restaurant.

  • Retail Stocks on Fire  Monday, 24 Oct 2011 | 12:41 PM ET

    A look at retail stocks like Nike, Limited and Ralph Lauren, with the Fast Money crew.

  • A Retail Stock on Cramer’s Radar Friday, 21 Oct 2011 | 6:31 PM ET

    This off-price retail company has been making new highs, and it’s a name the “Mad Money” host wants on his shopping list.

  • Liz Claiborne Needed Focus; Now Needs New Name: CEO Friday, 21 Oct 2011 | 1:30 PM ET
    JC Penney

    Liz Claiborne needed to be refocused, even at the cost of selling its namesake clothing line, CEO William McComb told CNBC Friday.

  • Inventions That Killed Businesses Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
    The forward march of technology is both unforgiving and unstoppable. As it mercilessly weeds out the old in favor of the new, once beloved products and services become less favored by consumers, while others simply become obsolete.It’s always been this way. The horse and buggy was once the dominant means of travel for Americans, but once the automobile was invented formerly solvent buggy makers found themselves out of a job.This dynamic repeats itself whenever a new invention comes along that si

    What follows is a list of products and services that became so indispensable to consumers that they instantly lost interest in their previous favorites.

  • Li Ning Raises Concerns for Chinese Brands Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 9:31 PM ET
    Li Ning shoes are on display

    The trials and tribulations the sportswear company, Li Ning, founded by the famous athlete can be seen as a proxy for the fortunes of Brand China. The FT reports.

  • Burberry's Global Marketplace  Tuesday, 4 Oct 2011 | 3:20 PM ET

    Angela Ahrendts, Burberry Group CEO, discusses what's behind the company's 34% jump in total revenue in their latest quarter.

  • Inventions By Kids Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 2:37 PM ET
    Most kids are creative—they color and make up games—but some kids get  creative and use their imagination to invent new products.“Kids are natural innovators,” said Jon Dudas, who used to work for the but is now the president of an organization designed to help foster innovations by kids in science and technology.Dudas said Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and the inventor of the Segway personal transporter, got his first patent for an insulin pump when he was 17 years old. “His mom had to sign

    Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs AND the trampoline were invented by kids? Here are 10 cool and inspiring inventions by kids — and how they did it!

  • Retail Rally on Wall Street  Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 12:51 PM ET

    the Fast Money traders discuss the signs of life in retail, with Brian Sozzi, analyst at Wall Street Strategies.

  • Reebok Settles EasyTone Case  Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 10:42 AM ET

    CNBC's Darren Rovell has the details on Reebok refunding customers over unsubstantiated EasyTone claims.

  • Want a Bargain? Look at These Companies, Says CEO Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 7:22 PM ET

    As investors look for bargains in the stock markets and consumers look for deals that won't lighten wallets as much, Kevin O'Brien, president and CEO of Revere Data, suggests investors look into the food, living arrangement, apparel and transportation sectors.

  • Pushing Up Profits in Retail Stocks  Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 2:24 PM ET

    Some retail stocks are bucking the trend, posting healthy gains, and investors are finding these companies suit them perfectly, says Jennifer Davis, Lazard Capital Markets analyst.

  • TJX: Options See More Upside to Retailer Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 7:38 AM ET

    TJX drew upside option activity yesterday as it continued to deliver growth in sales and profit.

  • Is Ascena Worth a Second Look?  Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 6:15 PM ET

    Cramer says retail stocks are bizarrely on fire and asks David Jaffe, Ascena Retail Group CEO what's going on with this company and whether the stock is still fashionable.

  • Know Your IPO: FRAN  Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | 6:15 PM ET

    Mad Money's Jim Cramer takes a look at Francesca's Holdings, a specialty retailer of clothing and asks is this fresh-faced IPO worth owning, or does it belong in the sell block?

  • Retail sales fell for the second straight month in August, and that means retailers must work harder to gain market share, two analysts told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Retail Reflecting the Economy  Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 11:14 AM ET

    Discussing the outlook for the shopping season and how it may impact the economy, with Stacey Widlitz, SW Retail Advisors Inc. president and Chris Christopher, IHS Global Insight senior principal economist.

  • Top Picks in Retail  Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 1:37 PM ET

    Is Foot Locker or Lululemon a better play for investors? Christopher Svezia, Susquehanna Financial Group, and Stacey Widlitz, SW Retail Advisors share their picks.

  • Students may be back in the classroom, but the back-to-school shopping season has not winded down yet. It comes as more and more parents do their shopping in piecemeal. The late trips to the mall may be a function of the struggling economy, but not all of it.