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  • 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.

  • Futures Hold Gains on Economic Signals Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | 9:11 AM 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.

  • Italy Blocks Sale of Yachts Bound for North Korea Friday, 24 Jul 2009 | 3:39 AM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Il

    Italy has blocked the nearly euro13-million ($18-million) sale of two luxury yachts believed to have been bound for the impoverished nation of North Korea in violation of international sanctions, authorities said Thursday.

  • Brunswick has rallied 15 percent in three days, causing one big investor to bet that the debt-laden speedboat maker may have run too far.

  • Warren Buffett's big jewelry retailer in Omaha is feeling the recession's sting.  In another sign that even 'luxury' stores backed by billionaires aren't immune to the economic downturn, Borsheim's has laid off 13 employees.

  • Luxury as an Investment? Friday, 8 May 2009 | 11:47 AM ET
    The Enid

    Recessions make high-end marketers creatively desperate.

  • Debate on Trump Project Takes the Low Road Tuesday, 5 May 2009 | 10:19 AM ET
    Donald Trump

    Since refusing to let Donald Trump buy his house, inconveniently located in the middle of Mr. Trump’s planned $1.5 billion development in the countryside here, Michael Forbes has had an unusual number of visits from local enforcement officers.

  • Credit Crunch Couture Comes into Vogue Friday, 24 Apr 2009 | 11:53 AM ET

    As the global economic slowdown digs its heels in and consumers tighten their belts and fret about jobs, the Alternative Arts organization hosted its annual Alternative Fashion Week in Spitalfields market, London, a platform for young, new designers.