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  • I haven't purchased a single Christmas gift for ANYONE that I know. For me, this may be inexcusable given the amount of time that I spend in malls for work. I'm trying to rein in my spending and apparently I'm in good company. According to the National Retail Federation, more than 70% of consumers have completed only 10% of their holiday shopping.

  • Can Wal-Mart Shoppers Save This Market? Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 7:18 PM ET

    Warm weather, the credit crisis and gas prices are threatening to drag down retail. What will next week’s Wal-Mart (WMT) and Macy's (M) earnings reveal about consumers?

  • So a week has passed since my first post on the drama surrounding the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray next generation format war. Hundreds of emails, though the pro Blu-ray, anti-Jim emails outnumbered the HD DVD side by better than ten to one. Not sure what message that sends, but maybe I angered the Blu-ray folks more than I satisfied the HD folks.

  • Stocks fell for a second straight day, led by declines in the Nasdaq after tech bellwether Cisco Systems signaled the credit crisis was hurting demand from key customers, including banks.

  • Finerman: Sticking With Retail Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 3:59 PM ET

    Retail sales are slow, but the industry is not facing “the end of the world,” Karen Finerman said on Thursday’s Closing Bell.

  • Retail Sales Disappoint for Second-Straight Month Thursday, 8 Nov 2007 | 1:18 PM ET
    Holiday Shopper at Walmart

    Retailers posted a second-straight month of weak sales, as warmer-than-usual weather cooled demand for fall clothing and surging gasoline prices and a weak housing sector created a more cautious consumer.

  • October was not kind to Wal-Mart even with the promotional pricing and marketing campaign that the world's biggest retailer has been pushing. The only sales growth at Wal-Mart stores was at its Sam's Club division (+2.7%) which helped boost the overall Wal-Mart comp to a meager .4% gain.

  • Tesco

    Tesco is an awful name for a company that sells food, don’t you think? Makes me think of Texaco, or Test-co, or something else that starts with “test” which I won’t mention here. Perhaps that’s one reason why you won’t see the name Tesco anywhere on the UK grocery giant’s long-awaited, very expensive entry into the U.S. market.

  • UK Grocer Tesco Takes on Wal-Mart in California Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007 | 11:10 AM ET

    U.K.-based grocery chain Tesco is making its move into America -- and taking on Wal-Mart Stores and Whole Foods.

  • Stocks Shake Off "Blues" To Move Higher Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 9:56 AM ET

    Stocks are firming after the last few anxious sessions though the U.S. dollar has moved to a new low, oil is back on the rise and gold is at a 28-year high. The ever sunny Google is hitting a new high before the opening bell after Sanford C. Bernstein upped its target on the stock to $850 from $720.

  • Seems I struck a nerve with yesterday's post on the format war involving next generation DVD's. I came into the office today, welcomed by a flood of nasty e-mails challenging the blog, the premise, the spelling (sheeesh, "their" vs. "there" -- it's been corrected!)

  • Sony Blu-ray Disc

    Could it be a "black-and-blue" Friday for Blu-ray? There are rumblings about a big announcement coming from Wal-Mart that could give a big boost to HD-DVD. I'm hearing that the company will begin selling the Toshiba HD-A2 for $98 in a special one-day, in-store secret sale. The unit sells for $198 at Circuit City and Amazon, so this is a steep discount.

  • Best Buy Joins Wal-Mart To Cut HD-DVD Prices Thursday, 1 Nov 2007 | 5:07 PM ET
    Best Buy

    Here's an update to my previous post: Best Buy now confirms it will match Wal-Mart's $98 HD-DVD sale on Friday on the Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player. The web site Gizmodo says Best Buy online is already sold out, but that local pick-up might work. And Blu-ray? The ball's in your court.

  • Wal-Mart's Early Price Cuts: Panic Move Or Smart Biz? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 4:55 PM ET

    Cut early, be aggressive and roll out gradually. That's Wal-Mart's spacer price strategy for the holidays. And the marketing team at Wal-Mart follows that dictate when it unveils some big ticket price cuts this Friday--more than 2 weeks ahead of "Black Friday," which has traditionally been the kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

  • Dell's "Hell" Turning Into Hellava Buy? Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 2:01 PM ET

    You gotta hand it to the folks over at Goldman Sachs, but particularly Brent Bracelin at Pacific Crest Securities who issued a note on Oct. 8, raising his estimates on Dell and singing the company's praises as it emerges from a financial purgatory gripping the company for more than a year.

  • Wal-Mart Jumpstarts Holiday Discounts This Week Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 1:46 PM ET

    Wal-Mart Stores said Wednesday it will begin offering this week the type of holiday discounts it typically reserves for "Black Friday" -- the day after Thanksgiving that typically marks the start of the ultra-competitive holiday shopping season.

  • UK Supermarkets Bounce on Relief After Inquiry Wednesday, 31 Oct 2007 | 5:34 AM ET

    Britain's top supermarkets could be forced to sell land to encourage competition but the biggest, Tesco, is not in such a strong position that it stifles rivals, the UK's Competition Commission said on Wednesday.

  • Target Is Right On for Retail Tuesday, 30 Oct 2007 | 12:06 PM ET

    If you're going to play the sector, you might as well go with best of breed.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.

  • Metro reported a near 15 percent rise in third-quarter operating earnings and upped its sales forecast for 2007 but its Real food unit lost money as it expanded in eastern Europe.

  • Nanosolar: On Your Minds And In Your Emails Monday, 29 Oct 2007 | 8:54 PM ET
    Nanosolar Explosion

    Just getting a chance now to look at email to the blog and you flooded me with interest in Nanosolar! Paul Dear in Michigan: "How do you invest in it?" Jim Miller asks, "How do we invest? Why can't we plebes buy it? Don't you think a good idea deserves a rapid capital accumulation? What's the problem?"

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