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  • Tallying the Christmas Rush: Sales Gain, Profit Pain? Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012 | 12:53 PM ET

    Retailers are expected to report healthy sales gains in December, as a last-minute flurry of shoppers scooped up marked-down merchandise.

  • 5 Big Surprise Stock Losers of 2011 Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 3:22 PM ET
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    While both professionals and do-it-yourself investors try to prognosticate the new year, we're always dealt our fair share of surprises — good and bad. Here are five stocks that turned in the biggest negative surprises for investors.

  • Bankrupt Chain Restaurants Are Still Holding On Wednesday, 28 Dec 2011 | 9:43 AM ET
    Friendly's Restaurant

    Restaurants that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this year, including Friendly’s, Chevys, Sbarro and Perkins, barely bringing in enough cash to cover basic expenses. Yet they  somehow keep hanging on — leaving too many restaurants chasing after scarce dining dollars.

  • Sears: A Paradigm for the Modern Investor Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 1:41 PM ET

    At some point, no one is a long-term holder. The long-term buy and hold investors are not as willing to buy and hold as they used to be.

  • Sears' decision to close up to 120 Kmart stores shows a retailer struggling to draw shoppers at a time of increasing competition, Credit Suisse retail analyst Gary Balter told CNBC.

  • Who Isn't Eating Sears' Lunch? Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011 | 12:26 PM ET
    Sears

    Sears Holdings' announcement that it will close between 100 and 120 locations should not really be a surprise. Since the combination of Sears and Kmart, management has focused on everything BUT the most important item: the customer. Stock buybacks and cost cutting have ruled while Target, Kohl's and Wal-Mart have focused on sprucing up stores and grabbing a larger share of the consumer wallet.

  • Best Buy Cancels Some Orders Ahead of Christmas Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 10:03 AM ET
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    The largest U.S. specialty electronics retailer said late Wednesday that "overwhelming demand for some products from Bestbuy.com has led to a problem redeeming online orders made in November and December.

  • Online Retail vs. Brick and Mortar Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    Online Retail vs. Brick and Mortar

    CNBC's Jane Wells has the details of online sales slowing as we inch towards the end of the holiday season from the Target.com fufillment center in Tucson.

  • Retailers Targeting Online Shoppers Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 8:36 AM ET
    Retailers Targeting Online Shoppers

    One analyst says this is the year online sales will go to the next level. Target, for instance, revamped its website in preparation for the holidays. CNBC's Jane Wells reports.

  • Making a List, and Taking It to the Pawnshop Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 9:38 AM ET
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    Christmas this year has come to the neighborhood pawnshop — and business is booming like never before, the New York Times reports.

  • Spending Traps Last-Minute Shoppers Should Avoid Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    A salesman passes In front televisions displayed for sale at a Best Buy store in New York.

    With the holidays looming, it’s easy to fall prey to retail tactics that coax you to spend more as you frantically gather gifts for those on your list. Here are some tips to avoid these spending traps.

  • As Sales Lag, Stores Shuffle the Calendar Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 9:44 AM ET
    Women holiday shopping

    The Saturday before Christmas is too crucial to retailers to be left in the hands of procrastinating shoppers, so many stores are having “Super Saturday” this weekend, the New York Times reports.

  • No Hit Toy to Brighten Retailers’ Christmas Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:09 AM ET
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    The hitless season has retailers stocking less, leaning on classic items rather than new ones and possibly discounting less in the final days before Christmas. And with no Tickle Me Elmo or Zhu Zhu Pets to draw crushing crowds to the toy aisles, most retailers are being careful not to get stuck with unsold toys. The New York Times  reports.

  • Did Black Friday Save Best Buy's Earnings? Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 12:58 PM ET
    Best Buy

    Best Buy may have been one of the biggest winners on Black Friday, but the shopping frenzy on Thanksgiving weekend probably didn't fix the company's core issues as it tries to shake its image as Amazon's showroom.

  • Shoppers Say 'Ho-Hum' Not 'Ho-Ho-Ho' to Sales Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 10:29 AM ET
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    Used to be, customers would come running when stores cut prices. But these days, more Americans are becoming blase about bargains.

  • JC Penney

    J.C. Penney is buying a minority stake in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for $38.5 million, the latest move by the department store to revive its brand.

  • Options Action Recap: Deutsche Bank and Target Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 11:16 AM ET

    In the file of better late than never, thought I'd post Friday's picks from Options Action - the focus: Deutsche Bank and Target.

  • 7 Funds to Rebuild Your Nest Egg for 2012 Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 1:07 PM ET
    Wall Street

    Using research from Morningstar and S&P Capital IQ data, TheStreet.com has picked seven funds that could help investors get healthy returns with a minimal amount of risk to their capital along with a few of their top individual holdings.

  • Your First Move For Friday, Dec. 2 Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 7:00 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders outline what moves they plan to make in the final day of trading this week.

  • The 24 Days of Black Friday Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 4:42 PM ET
    People make purchases inside Macy's department store November 25, 2011 in New York after the midnight opening to begin the "Black Friday" shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    In the wake of this year's Black Friday shopping frenzy, many were asking how retailers were going to do to maintain the momentum throughout the holiday shopping season. We now have the answer: Let's make it Black Friday everyday!