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  • 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.

  • While Wal-Mart Plods Along, Target Stumbles Wednesday, 12 Dec 2007 | 4:34 PM ET

    Last holiday shopping season, Wal-Mart was struggling to get sales on track as lower-income shoppers snubbed its efforts to imitate smaller rival Target by stocking its stores with trendy but cheap products. This year, it's Target that is struggling.

  • So the good news is that I'm not alone. I have only made one Christmas gift purchase so far this season. Yes, budgeting is always a big factor in when purchases are made but honestly, I can't say that I'm waiting to get a better deal. My new retail shopping theory involves a demographic argument: unless you have a kid or tons of little young nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, etc., shopping early isn't such a high priority.

  • 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.

  • The “Sane Choice” in Retail Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 5:03 PM ET

    There could be some stocks amidst the rubble that are worth owning if only for the tailwinds from a “Santa Claus rally.” Find out which retailers Jeff Macke recommends.

  • Stocks Close Higher On Subprime Plan Thursday, 6 Dec 2007 | 4:20 PM ET

    Stocks closed sharply higher on hopes that a government plan to stem home foreclosures would help ease the housing slump's drag on the economy and underpin profit growth.

  • 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

  • Inside The Consumer Mind Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 7:20 PM ET

    To figure out the winners and losers among the ranks of retail, you need to go inside the consumer's mind to get your trade. Fast Money retail analyst Jeff Macke explains.

  • Consumers Seen Rejecting 'Green Christmas' Trend Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 2:40 PM ET

    U.S. retailers may be touting their environmental-friendliness this year, but just about the only "green" in evidence for the holidays is in the usual Christmas decorations.

  • US Online Shoppers Set Record 'Cyber Monday' Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 7:52 AM ET

    U.S. online shoppers spent a record $733 million in a single day on "Cyber Monday," according to market research firm comScore.

  • 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.

  • Online Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 9:49 AM ET

    Retailers are hoping last week's strong start to the holiday shopping season at malls and stores translates into a busy buying season online, which officially begins Monday. A number of retailers are hosting one-day sales or special offers for the occasion. Internet research firm comScore estimated online sales may exceed $700 million.

  • Stocks Rally, Led by Retailers, Financials Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 2:19 PM ET

    Stocks closed higher in a shortened session as the kickoff to the holiday shopping season lifted retail stocks, while signs of progress in a plan to relieve credit market strain helped major banking stocks.

  • 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.

  • Americans In A Foul Mood As Holidays Approach Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 12:42 PM ET

    The mood among consumers hit the skids in November as gasoline prices soared and the housing slump worsened.

  • 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.