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  • The recovery won't be bolstered by the consumer, like in previous recessions. Instead demand will come from a build-up of low inventories and large companies' exposure to emerging market growth, Edith Thouin, vice president of ABN Amro Private Banking said Monday.

  • Carnival Earnings: What Options Predict Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 4:22 PM ET

    Carnival is cruising into its earnings release Friday morning, and the bulls are getting on board.

  • Jewelry Sales Regain Some of Their Sparkle Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

    Although the highly discretionary jewelry sector was one of the hardest hit retail markets last holiday, jewelry stores have an edge over traditional retailers this year, as stores look to improve their margins by lessening price cuts and offering more items at consumer-friendly prices.

  • Retailers are offering more gimmicks than ever this holiday, as they try to coax shoppers into buying that little extra something that wasn't on their list.

  • Secret’s Out: Sample Sales Move Online Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 11:41 AM ET
    Source: onekingslane.com

    The private-sale sites — a misnomer because most of these so-called exclusive sites are open to anyone who signs up — have become a thriving corner of online commerce., says the New York Times.

  • As Sales Vanish, Skins Stay on Alligators Monday, 30 Nov 2009 | 11:30 AM ET
    Aligator Purse

    The alligator skin business has soured as of late. Last year Louisiana farmers, who produce most of the world’s alligator skins, collected over 500,000 eggs from the wild. This year, for the first time, most farmers did not pick up any. The New York Times reports.

  • Dow Closes at 13-Month High; VIX Nears 20 Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 5:33 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks posted modest gains Wednesday, but it was enough to propel the Dow and S&P to new 13-month closing highs, as economic data buoyed recovery hopes.

  • Stocks Claw Higher; VIX Hits 15-Month Low Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 2:57 PM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks clawed higher Wednesday after a report showed new-home sales rose more than expected.

  • Blue Jeans Expected to See Another Green Christmas Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

    Denim sales will likely continue their upward trend this holiday season, as consumers slowly start spending on themselves and redeem gift cards on the latest jeans trends.

  • Stocks Claw Higher; Vix Hits 15-Month Low Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 10:31 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    Stocks clawed higher Wednesday after a report showed new-home sales rose more than expected.

  • Futures Add to Gains After String of Data Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 8:55 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    US stock index futures climbed further Wednesday after a batch of data signaling that the US economy was building on strength but also that the recovery would be gradual.

  • Luxury Stores Trim Inventory and Discounts Thursday, 19 Nov 2009 | 10:46 AM ET

    After a brutal year in which the nation’s luxury retailers were forced to offer their wares at stunning discounts, they are trying to get their magic back. And they may have found a way: deliberately running low on merchandise. The New York Times reports.

  • Will Returning Consumers Help Boost Harley-Davidson? Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 | 7:45 AM ET

    Harley-Davidson looked like a runaway bike down a steep mountain not long ago, but consumers may be returning as the economy recovers and luxury spending turns more positive.

  • Stones to Make Your Portfolio Sparkle and Shine Tuesday, 10 Nov 2009 | 5:05 AM ET
    Flawless pear-shaped 72.22-carat diamond

    The gem market, like most others, has taken strain since the economic downturn hit. But with the climate improving and with prices below their estimates, could now be the time to add sparkle to your portfolio?

  • Versace to Cut 350 Jobs to Restore Profitability Wednesday, 28 Oct 2009 | 10:45 AM ET
    Downsizing

    The Versace fashion house on Wednesday announced it will cut 350 jobs worldwide as part of a reorganization aimed at returning the group to profitability in 2011.

  • Swiss Watchmakers' Happiness Depends on G20 Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 4:15 AM ET

    The clock is ticking for Switzerland’s watchmakers – and it looks like the G20 can do something to stimulate their Christmas sales.

  • The global economic crisis may have damped the appetite for high-end goods, but one small daily luxury — gourmet tea — has been posting surprisingly strong sales, prompting some tea brands to consider expanding around the world.

  • Adriana Lima

    As another new fashion season debuts, against the chilliest retail climate in years, many believe this is not merely a difficult moment for high-end retail but a defining one as well.

  • Market Closes Lethargic Week Where it Started Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 5:03 PM ET

    At this point, stock index futures are pointing to modest gains at the open on Friday, as most markets in both Asia and Europe rose, with investors awaiting more macroeconomic data for clearer near-term market direction.

  • Luxury Retailers Will Shine Again: Strategists Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 2:35 PM ET

    Luxury retail companies have been beaten down heavily due to the financial crisis, but they’re slowly starting to make a comeback as consumers start to open their wallets again, said David Schick, luxury retail analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, and Scott Krugman, vice president at National Retail Federation.