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  • As 2011 Approaches, Booze Comes Back Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 1:13 PM ET

    As the worst of the economic crisis appears to be over, and confidence is returning, consumer traffic is up in the alcohol business.

  • Goldman Sachs May Be Losing Influence in Washington Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 4:26 PM ET

    When it comes to visibility and influence, Goldman Sachs is as noticeable on Pennsylvania Avenue as it is on Wall Street. But that may be changing, as a result of the firm's recent legal and public relations problems.

  • Sustainable Fashion in Vogue in London Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 8:29 AM ET

    It's that time across the globe where all the fashionistas flock to see beautiful clothes modeled on even more beautiful girls.

  • Water Shortage Means Big Money for Small Alaska Town Thursday, 30 Sep 2010 | 4:59 PM ET

    What if Sitka, Alaska, could sell its water to those people or entites in the arid parts of the world? That would give the town a healthy revenue and put water where it's desperately needed. That’s

  • Want to roll like a player but don't have the wallet of a high-roller? Don't sweat it. Here are 10 items to upgrade your lifestyle — for less.

  • Garbage Gauge Pointing Up for Trash Stocks Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | 9:54 AM ET
    Landfill

    The latest garbage gauge is pointing to a slow but steady recovery that should see trash volumes turn positive this quarter or next for the first time since 2008.  That should propel profits of trash haulers who’ve been able to maintain pricing power through the recession thanks to long-term, customer-specific contracts.

  • Where Does Your Water Bottle Go? Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 2:56 PM ET

    Americans spend about $11 billion dollars a year on bottled water. But after the water is gone, only a small percentage of these 51 billion empty bottles make their way to a new life. The rest end up in landfills, or worse.

  • What Williams-Sonoma's Earnings Say About the Consumer Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | 11:52 AM ET
    Williams Sonoma

    Talk about bucking the trends! Williams-Sonoma's profit blows past estimates, proving two things: Affluent consumers have money if they want to spend it, and retailers can coax them to spend if they have the right merchandise and the right message.

  • Economic Indicator: Even Cheaper Knockoffs Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 | 6:03 PM ET

    How bad is the economy? Even counterfeiters are shifting down to more ordinary goods. The NYT explains.

  • Reporter's Notebook: On the Hunt for Counterfeiters Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 9:46 AM ET
    Genuine and counterfeit Viagra displayed at The Counterfeit Museum in Paris, France.

    The trend of counterfeiting goes far beyond fake purses and watches and includes consumer products like baby formula and prescription medicine and  industrial products like military components.

  • Counterfeiting: Many Risks and Many Victims Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 5:00 PM ET

    The notion that it is a victimless crime is patently false. Counterfeit products victimize almost everyone they encounter, from the assembly line to the cash register.

  • For Companies, Counterfeit Battle is Never-Ending Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 4:02 PM ET

    Counterfeiting is a multi-billion dollar business infiltrating the United States borders at an alarming rate. Watches, handbags, footwear and even medicines are among the top products making up more than $261 million worth of counterfeit products seized at US ports in 2009. And it's a growing problem.

  • With women growing tired of their over-worn wardrobes and the economy slowly ticking higher, sales of fashion accessories rose 17 percent in the first quarter, after ending the year 10 percent lower in 2009, according to an industry study.

  • Luxury Four Seasons Hotel to Expand in China Tuesday, 18 May 2010 | 1:33 PM ET
    Four Seasons Avaria

    The luxury Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday debuted plans to expand its presence in Asia, where it will open 11 new hotels and resorts, President and COO Kathleen Taylor told CNBC.

  • Coach Caters to Men With New NYC Shop Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 1:30 PM ET
    Shoppers look at handbags at a Coach store in Pasadena, California.

    In the latest push to expand its product line to a wider demographic, luxury goods maker Coach will debut its first-ever standalone men's store on Friday, to determine whether an expansion on the category—or a slew of men's-specific locations—could be a profitable investment.

  • Consumers to Put Spending on Long-Term Diet: NFCC Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | 3:30 PM ET

    Just in case you were starting to feel a bit better about the economy, along comes a new study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, which found that the consumer recovery isn't as far along as some think.

  • Will Nordstrom's Discount Stores Hurt Its Brand? Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | 11:32 AM ET

    As luxury retailers adjust to shoppers' desire for lower opening price points, one upscale department store's outlet strategy runs the risk of hurting its brand equity.

  • LVMH Sales Beat, Shares Rise to 10-Year High Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010 | 4:03 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton Store

    News of a very strong start to the year for French luxury goods giant LVMH has raised hopes that the world's super rich remain immune to economic downturn.

  • MCM CEO: Selling 'Functional Luxury' in US Expansion Tuesday, 6 Apr 2010 | 4:53 PM ET

    German luxury company MCM says it will market “comfortable luxury” and emphasize “heritage” to young professional women in its strategy for global expansion.

  • Look for Menswear to Become Even More Casual This Fall Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 11:26 AM ET
    A model walks the runway at the Duckie Brown Fall 2010 Fashion Show.

    Menswear had a casual presence on the runway at New York Fashion Week in Fall 2010, as plaids, the incorporation of colors other than grays and blacks, and wide striping gave the tailored clothing category a more wearable feel.

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