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  • Discounts Lure Shoppers over Weekend Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | 7:57 AM ET

    Shoppers jammed stores over the last weekend before Christmas to try to scoop up bargains. But the spending surge may not be enough to offset what is shaping up to be a mediocre December for some retailers.

  • Chinese "Lead Scare" Not Real Reason for Slow Toy Sales Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | 3:43 PM ET
    Parents shop in the toy aisle at a Target store, Kingston, Massachusetts

    I'd like to deconstruct the myth that the China lead-contaminated is responsible for the drop off in toy sales this year. Lead-contamination worries or not, parents are still buying toys and kids are still playing with them this season.

  • Web Retailers Race vs. Christmas Clock Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | 4:48 PM ET

    It's later than you think: Today is the last day to buy online at big box.com stores like Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon in time for regular Christmas delivery. E-commerce is drawing more customers than ever before.

  • Retail Detail with Margaret Brennan Friday, 14 Dec 2007 | 8:13 AM ET

    Holiday 2007 hasn't even happened yet but buyers and retailers are beginning to stock the shelves and clothing racks for 2008. With that in mind, I put together a list of some of the biggest questions that the retail industry is mulling over right now that will affect 2008.

  • Retailers Expected to Post Stronger November Sales Monday, 10 Dec 2007 | 12:45 PM ET

    Despite evidence that shoppers are cutting back this holiday season, retailers are expected to report strong improvement in November sales after a weak fall.

  • Sluggish End to November Dims Holiday Outlook Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 1:23 PM ET

    Shoppers in November turned out in droves for big bargains on Black Friday, helping retailers to post improved sales growth, but by the end of the month, some retailers, especially those at the mall, saw a slowdown in consumer traffic.

  • Bonds Under Pressure From Credit Problems? Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 9:17 AM ET

    Are bonds about to lose their flight-to-quality premium? The Fed, the executive branch, the legislative branch, and now even the Bank of England (which cut its key rate a quarter point to 5.5 percent) are working to resolve credit problems. The 10-year is looking toppy here.

  • Retailers Expected to Post Stronger November Sales Wednesday, 5 Dec 2007 | 5:03 PM ET

    Despite evidence that shoppers are cutting back this holiday season, retailers are expected to report strong improvement in November sales after a weak fall.

  • November may have been sweeter to stores than many thought. Don't get me wrong--stores aren't going to be AHEAD of plan but it is sounding increasingly like they may NOT miss those meager plans they set for themselves at the beginning of the month. Meeting expectations COULD be a real positive for retail stocks tomorrow.

  • Stores Try Luring Shoppers With Limited-Time Sales Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 3:09 PM ET

    Retailers want to rack up sales now. But consumers are playing the waiting game for bigger discounts closer to Christmas

  • Sears Holdings Profit Plunges 99%; Shares Slide Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 11:36 AM ET
    Sears

    Sears Holdings reported sharply lower quarterly earnings Thursday, sending its shares down more than 13 percent, as sales fell at its U.S. Kmart and Sears stores and it cut prices to rid itself of excess inventory.

  • Discounters, Electronics Among Big Winners So Far Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 1:36 PM ET
    Shoppers look at home theater televisions at the Best Buy store Monday, Sept. 11, 2006 in Richfield, Minn. Best Buy Co. Inc., the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer, said its second-quarter earnings rose 22 percent on a 13 percent increase in revenue. The results beat Wall Street expectations, but Best Buy left its full-year guidance unchanged. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Discounters, department stores and chains that sell electronics and teen fashions lured big crowds over the weekend as the holiday shopping season got off to a strong start.

  • Retailers Ring Up Strong Start to Holiday Shopping Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 7:01 AM ET

    The lure of bargains trumped economic concerns at the start of the holiday shopping season. Retailers  logged sales that were up significantly from a year ago.

  • Retail Execs Upbeat as Holiday Shopping Starts Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 1:26 PM ET

    The annual shopping frenzy kicked off Friday with crowds of shoppers, many braving cold temperatures, hoping to snag bargains.  CNBC checked in with several top retail executives to see how things were shaping up.

  • 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.

  • The Consumer's Last Stand Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 12:31 PM ET

    Everyone has heard predictions of a tapped-out consumer. And though they haven't materialized in the past, this time is likely to be different.

  • 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.

  • The turkey’s not even in the oven, but the annual game of chicken has begun.  Consumers are waiting to see if retailers grow desperate and cut prices deeper than planned.

  • 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.

  • Retailers Showing Q4 A Mixed Bag So Far Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 9:19 AM ET

    The fourth quarter is now half over, and fourth quarter earnings estimates have been coming down quickly for financials and retailers. Both Kohl's and Ann Taylor lowered their guidance. Ann Taylor noted that "Traffic trends were particularly soft in the month of October," though they improved in November