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  • Shoppers Jam Stores, Giving Cheer to Retailers Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 12:50 PM ET

    Shoppers jammed stores before dawn Friday to grab discounted TVs, toys and clothing for the official start of the holiday season, expected to be the weakest retail showing in five years.

  • Web Deals Kick Off Holiday Shopping Season Thursday, 22 Nov 2007 | 12:36 PM ET

    The U.S. holiday shopping season kicked off Thursday even before the turkey was carved, as retailers, worried that gift buying may slow this year, posted special deals on their Web sites on Thanksgiving day.

  • Planning Starts Early for Hardcore Black Friday Shoppers Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 8:31 AM ET

    The unofficial start to the holiday shopping season is just around the corner and Dev Shapiro has left nothing to chance. The Dallas resident and veteran bargain hunter has spent the last three weeks developing a plan of attack for Black Friday sales, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers across the country slash prices on everything from flat screen TV’s to the hottest Christmas toys.

  • "Bad" Black Friday Weather A Good Forecast For Retail? Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 11:39 AM ET
    Black Friday

    Finally! A positive headline about retail: "An Exceptional Black Friday Weekend for Cold Weather Items" is the title of the latest report from Weather Trends International. One thing that's working in favor of retail sales is the weather turning 40 degrees colder midweek throughout the Central U.S.

  • Sony's PS3 With Blu-ray Gets Back As A Player Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 3:50 PM ET
    PlayStation 3

    Sony appears to be coming up with a winning formula. Amazing what a steep price cut will do, but you can't argue with success. Howard Stringer, Sony's CEO, is on the wires saying Sony sold over 100,000 PlayStation 3 units last week, calling the results "the breakthrough we've been anticipating."

  • Holiday Retail Traffic to Fall 2.5%: Research Firm Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

    U.S. stores may seem less crowded this holiday season, with one research firm predicting a 2.5 percent drop in foot traffic this year.

  • So a week has passed since my first post on the drama surrounding the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray next generation format war. Hundreds of emails, though the pro Blu-ray, anti-Jim emails outnumbered the HD DVD side by better than ten to one. Not sure what message that sends, but maybe I angered the Blu-ray folks more than I satisfied the HD folks.

  • October was not kind to Wal-Mart even with the promotional pricing and marketing campaign that the world's biggest retailer has been pushing. The only sales growth at Wal-Mart stores was at its Sam's Club division (+2.7%) which helped boost the overall Wal-Mart comp to a meager .4% gain.

  • Sony Blu-ray Disc

    Could it be a "black-and-blue" Friday for Blu-ray? There are rumblings about a big announcement coming from Wal-Mart that could give a big boost to HD-DVD. I'm hearing that the company will begin selling the Toshiba HD-A2 for $98 in a special one-day, in-store secret sale. The unit sells for $198 at Circuit City and Amazon, so this is a steep discount.

  • Best Buy Joins Wal-Mart To Cut HD-DVD Prices Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 5:07 PM ET
    Best Buy

    Here's an update to my previous post: Best Buy now confirms it will match Wal-Mart's $98 HD-DVD sale on Friday on the Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player. The web site Gizmodo says Best Buy online is already sold out, but that local pick-up might work. And Blu-ray? The ball's in your court.

  • Retailers: 'Must Haves' Missing From Stores Friday, 26 Oct 2007 | 9:52 AM ET
    Costco

    I feel a bit like I'm on a news version of some struggling teen pop singer tour (don't they always include malls?) Lately I have been spending a lot of time in stores. Yesterday it was Costco in Clifton, NJ. In the past month work has sent me to: a New York City Best Buy, a Miami-area Wal-Mart, two malls in New Jersey and one on Long Island. That's just a few.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • U.S. Stocks Close Up Modestly on Mixed Economic Data Thursday, 27 Sep 2007 | 4:27 PM ET

    Stocks ended with modest gains as better-than expected employment data overshadowed negative news from the housing industry. "Jobless claims dropping below 300,000 is a very good sign," said Michael Darda, chief economist at MKM Partners. "It really doesn't look like the labor market is falling off of a cliff here."

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Earnings Rise To $147 Million Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 5:08 PM ET

    Bed Bath & Beyond posted a higher second-quarter profit on Wednesday, citing increased sales and a one-time tax benefit.

  • Lightning Round: Harman, Altria, E*Trade and More Wednesday, 26 Sep 2007 | 3:22 PM ET

    Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Best Offense Is A Good Defense Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 8:50 PM ET

    They say the best offense is a good defense. In Tuesday’s Web Extra, Guy Adami reveals how he’s playing Lockheed Martin (LMT) and more. Also get Jeff Macke’s trade ahead of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) earnings.

  • Best Buy Isn't Making Excuses Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 11:16 AM ET

    While its competitors whine about a weak American consumer, this electronics retailer is taking steps to expand its international footprint.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Halo 3: And The Hype Rolls On (And On) Monday, 24 Sep 2007 | 11:15 AM ET
    Halo 3

    I made the trek cross-country yesterday to front our exclusive Halo 3 release coverage from this Best Buy store at the corner of 44th and 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. This is one of 10,000 retailers nationwide that'll be hosting midnight-madness sales tonight to launch Halo 3 onto store shelves.

  • Stocks, Housing And A 'Halo' Dominate Week Ahead Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | 4:42 PM ET

    Like an orchestra tuning up, financial markets are trying to find the right pitch after the Fed's big rate move. The market moves have been dramatic, and for the time being, it's likely they'll continue that way.

  • Lightning Round: Annaly, Baidu, Motorola and More Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 9:21 PM ET

    Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.