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  • If you think of college students as impulsive, you may need to rethink your view, at least when it comes to making back-to-school purchases. It seems, they are doing their homework. Faced with a limited back-to-school budget, college students are putting the bulk of their dollars toward must-have electronics items, even if that means scrimping in other areas.

  • Stocks Fall Ahead of Jobs Report Thursday, 5 Aug 2010 | 5:02 PM ET

    Stocks ended modestly lower after an unexpected rise in initial jobless claims and disappointing July retail sales, as the market awaited the critical July employment report.

  • Stocks Slip After Jobless Jump; AmEx Skids Thursday, 5 Aug 2010 | 2:50 PM ET

    Stocks were weak Thursday after an unexpected rise in initial jobless claims and July retail sales that were mostly weak.

  • On Thursday our traders were attempting to gauge the ripple effect, after Russia said it would temporarily halt grain exports.

  • New Insights On Health Of Consumer Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 5:40 PM ET

    Investors can’t wait to get their hands on the latest retail numbers to gauge the health of the consumer and by proxy the rally.

  • Can Back-to-School Shoppers Give July Sales a Boost? Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 3:24 PM ET
    Shoppers

    The latest reads on consumer confidence and personal spending have provided little encouragement that shoppers are starting to spend again. However, July marks the start of back-to-school shopping, and since parents have to buy clothing for their growing children, it may give a much-needed boost to retail sales.

  • Political Ads Off Limits, Goldman Promises Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 | 9:58 AM ET
    Goldman Sachs

    Facing pressure from critics of Wall Street to limit its role in elections, Goldman Sachs  has pledged not to spend any of its vast corporate reserves on political advertising. The NYT reports.

  • Retailers' Big Test: Picking the Right Price Monday, 2 Aug 2010 | 3:39 PM ET
    Back To School

    As summer comes to an end and students go back to school, the retail industry is preparing for its first big test of the fall semester—picking the right price.

  • Uniforms Making the Grade at More Schools Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 2:16 PM ET

    Back-to-school fashion is getting a makeover as more school districts adopt uniform dress codes.

  • Amazon Shares Plunge After Earnings Disappoint Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 5:10 PM ET
    Amazon.com

    The online retailer's shares plunged after the company posted earnings that missed analyst expectations and revenue that barely beat forecasts.

  • On the surface they seem better than expected but stocks turned negative on Thursday, as the Street feared what lies beneath recent earnings from JPMorgan.

  • Retail Results Mixed as Consumers Hunt Bargains Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 11:08 AM ET

    Warm weather and sales tied to the Memorial Day and Father's Day holidays helped drive shoppers to stores in June, but the heavy discounting may have hurt retail profits.

  • Retail Numbers No Game Changer Thursday, 8 Jul 2010 | 10:54 AM ET

    June retail sales report: better than most expected, but not a game changer. Numbers were good for the most part, but not enough to change anyone's opinion. The back half remains murky due to the macro data, which right now does not support a robust recovery.

  • Stocks End Higher After Late Rally Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | 4:27 PM ET

    Stocks pulled off a gain Tuesday after a late rally as investors scooped up some bargains. Energy, techs and financials gained, while retail stocks were one of the weakest links after a downgrade on the sector.

  • Retailers Launch Their Own Stimulus Packages Monday, 5 Jul 2010 | 7:27 AM ET
    Woman shopping

    Tired of waiting for spending to rebound on its own, retailers are taking matters into their own hands. From loans to shoppers or discounts for credit card holders, shops entice wary consumers to spend, the New York Times reports.

  • Freeport, Commodity Stocks Suffer China Syndrome Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 2:03 PM ET

    In the first half of the year when China stocks moved, raw materials moved in unison 80% of the time. Does that mean you should run for the exits? Not necessarily.

  • Stocks Snap Winning Streak; Alcoa Gains Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 5:03 PM ET

    Stocks retreated Monday afternoon as a China-fueled rally petered out. Alcoa was still up sharply.

  • Dividend Increases Signal No Double-Dip Monday, 21 Jun 2010 | 2:56 PM ET

    If executives were actually worried about a double-dip recession, then why are they starting to increase dividends?

  • The US Consumer Is Back: Top Wal-Mart Supplier Friday, 18 Jun 2010 | 4:32 AM ET

    Confidence is returning quickly to U.S. consumers, said Bruce Rockowitz, president of Li & Fung, one of the world's largest suppliers for major brands and retailers.

  • Target Recalling Children's Belts Over Lead Paint Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 1:04 PM ET

    The company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission say no injuries have been reported yet but urge consumers to stop using the belts and return them for a full refund through the voluntary recall program