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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wal-Mart Loses Bid to Seal Documents in Tax Dispute Friday, 23 Nov 2007 | 3:48 AM ET

    A North Carolina state judge rejected an attempt by Wal-Mart Stores to block public access to certain court documents in a tax dispute with state authorities, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday in its online edition.

  • 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.

  • HD DVD Vs. Blu-ray: Who Will Win on Black Friday? Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | 2:26 PM ET
    Black Friday

    Black Friday is a big day for DVD and player sales but some people may be confused. If you buy "Ratatouille" in high def, you've gotta have a Blu-ray player. If the new high def "Transformers" is your thing, that Blu-ray player on your PS3 is totally useless, you need an HD DVD player.

  • 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.

  • Target Posts Surprise Profit Drop On Weaker Sales Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 12:28 PM ET
    Shoppers check out at a newly-opened Target store near Royersford, Pa., on Monday, Nov. 13, 2006. Discount retailer Target Corp. said Tuesday its third-quarter profit rose 16 percent, beating analyst expectations as its sales rose 11 percent. (AP Photo/George Widman)

    Target posted a surprise drop in quarterly profit  after weak sales of higher-margin merchandise like clothing hurt its results heading into the holidays, and the discount retailer announced a new $10 billion share repurchase program.

  • Matt Leinart, James Blake And Nike's Decision Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 9:59 AM ET

    We begin today by offering you a hodgepodge of sports business commentary. We’ll start with Matt Leinart’s signature. This is the worst part of the collectibles industry right now. I pulled this out of an Upper Deck pack. I realize that penmanship isn’t everyone’s thing, but I have to think if you’re a Leinart fan, you’re disappointed with the way his John Hancock looks.

  • BJ's Wholesale Quarterly Profit Rises Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 7:59 AM ET

    BJ's Wholesale Club, which is working to turn its business around, Tuesday reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit as sales increased 8 percent.

  • Wal-Mart Reveals Web-Focused 'Black Friday' Plans Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | 4:14 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores unveiled Thanksgiving holiday sales plans, which focus heavily on using its Web site to publicize its discount prices and kick off the extended holiday shopping weekend.

  • 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.

  • Holiday Retail Winners and Losers: A Preview Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 3:27 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)

    Electronics are in, women's clothes are out -- and leather handbags and jewelry are on the fence heading into next week's unofficial start to the 2007 holiday season. U.S. consumers are struggling with soaring fuel and food costs and the falling housing sector.

  • Vizio Big Screen TV's Make For Big Business Friday, 16 Nov 2007 | 11:14 AM ET
    Vizio VM60P - 60" Plasma HDTV

    As we head into the crux of the holiday shopping season, big screen, flat-panel digital televisions will once again be a hot seller; and the hottest company in this sector isn't Samsung, or Panasonic, or Sony  or Pioneer. Prepare for the Vizio invasion.

  • 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

  • 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."

  • CPI, Subprime Helping Markets, JC Penny Disappoints Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | 9:22 AM ET

    Good and bad news this morning. Good news: CPI in line with expectations. --More relief on the subprime front. UBS said they do not expect a major write-down of subprime-related exposures.

  • Cramer's Crystal Clear on Corning Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 7:16 PM ET

    Don't buy television manufacturers going into the holidays. Buy the company that makes the glass they so desperately need.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.

  • Shopping for Stock Ideas at Wal-Mart Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | 7:15 PM ET

    Sometimes a conference call can be a goldmine for an alert investor.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.

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