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Imagine you're the nation's largest seller of appliances and the government rolls out a multi-million dollar rebate program to encourage consumers to trade in their energy-guzzling appliances for more energy efficient ones. Good news, right?
I guess if they truly love you, they will understand.
Attention Super Bowl Advertisers: Are you mobile Web-enabled?
In order to get more out of their Super Bowl ad dollars , more and more companies who are advertising during the Big Game are turning their ads into a larger event, with the television commercial being accompanied by Web sites and social media efforts.
Fashion-savvy consumers have shopped their closets bare and are slowly heading back to the mall to revamp their wardrobe with the latest trends — but they're not spending on just anything.
If you've been into a Target store the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed some space set aside for "The Great Save." This is Target's experiment with bulk sales you might find atCostco or Wal-mart Stores' Sam's Club.
The stock market rally may help high-end jeweler Tiffany post its first quarter of positive same-store sales comparisons since the first quarter of 2008, Citigroup analyst Kimberly Greenberger said.
The pressure on retailers just got racheted up a notch.
Last week I wrote about research from Gomez, part of Compuware, which measured how quickly retail Web sites responded to consumers over the holiday.
Consumers were forced into a crash spending diet brought on by last year's financial crisis and vanishing supplies of consumer credit. But like many people who have let their New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside, will consumers return to old spending habits if credit becomes more available?
Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.
Courtney is a retail reporter for CNBC.
Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."
Coordinating Producer, Squawk on the Street & Squawk Alley
Home Depot said 56 million card details were likely stolen in a data breach between April and September at its stores in the US and Canada.
Credit Suisse analyst Gary Balter is the latest retail expert to call for Sears to liquidate.
Alibaba has increased efforts to rid its e-commerce platforms of fakes, but experts say it's an uphill battle.