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  • Why Luxury Goods Are So Strong Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 10:34 AM ET

    Coach has confirmed that global luxury brands are in good shape. Coach reported astonishing numbers, well above expectations (gross margins of 74.2%!) with strength not just in Asia but also in the U.S.

  • Luxury In Thrall to the Currency War Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 6:58 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton Store

    The currency wars that are dominating the attention of the world’s central bankers are also playing out in the niche world of luxury goods.

  • Vintage Watches Offer Opportunity Time And Again Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 10:09 AM ET

    Vintage or antique timepieces can fetch extraordinary prices, but they better possess unique and still functional features, be in scarce supply, carry a distinguished brand name and be in near-mint condition.

  • Art Deco Jewelry: Cool Design, Hot Investment Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 9:57 AM ET

    Art Deco is a style of fine jewelry whose worth remains solid whether or not the economy is dipping or climbing. Naturally, its prices rise when times are flush.

  • Luxury Spending Rebounds to Pre-Crisis Levels Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 4:39 AM ET
    Gucci Store

    The luxury sector is rebounding better-than-expected this year thanks in large part to wealthy Americans replenishing their wardrobes after a year of self-denial and nouveau riche Chinese indulging in a worldwide spending spree, according to a new study released Monday.

  • Will Dollar Decline End Luxury Goods Comeback? Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 | 7:15 AM ET

    Sales growth has accelerated over the past three quarters at Italian fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo, signalling an improvement in the crisis-hit luxury goods market, but currency movements and a shaky economy pose a major concern for 2011, the group’s CEO told CNBC on Thursday.

  • 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.