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  Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 12:54 PM ET

Retail Sales Prep: Staying Positive Ahead of the Holidays

Although retailers are expected to report monthly sales gains that are below last year's levels, there are still expected to be some bright spots in the report that bode well for the upcoming Christmas holiday shopping season. »Read more
  Wednesday, 3 Nov 2010 | 3:36 AM ET

Retail Sales Show Surprising Strength, Raising Holiday Hopes

Setting an encouraging tone for the upcoming holiday season, retail sales in October continued the momentum that was seen in the prior month, according to a report by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse. »Read more
  Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 5:32 PM ET

Despite Consumer Weakness, 2011 Will Improve: Clorox CEO

Posted By: Michelle Lodge
The chairman and CEO Donald Knauss of household products maker Clorox told CNBC Tuesday that he expects stronger earnings in early 2011, after a disappointing quarter that turned flat and missed expectations. »Read more
  Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 11:45 AM ET

Video Game Industry Looks for a Holiday Miracle

Posted By: Chris Morris
Holiday cheer may be in short supply for the video game industry this year. While there are bound to be some hot titles and big sellers, it will take a true Christmas miracle for the industry to see retail sales hit positive territory in 2010. »Read more
  Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 2:46 PM ET

Come See the Zombie Side of Sears

Sears is turning to the "undead" to breathe new life into its sales. The retailer has launched a zombified version of its retail Web site, hoping to stir up buzz as it heads into the Halloween weekend with discounts it claims are of "Black Friday" proportions. »Read more
  Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 2:57 PM ET

Just in Time for the Holidays: Luxury Comes Back

Just in time for the holidays, it looks like the luxury consumer is back. “We’ve been hearing that luxury goods sales globally, have been accelerating, and it’s in all categories, whether it is watches and jewelry or whether it is fashion and leather goods," said Dana Telsey, chief information officer at Telsey Advisory Group, in an interview on CNBC. "The demand is there.” »Read more
  Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 10:30 PM ET

Toys 'R Us Sweetens Loyalty Program Rewards

Toys 'R Us is expected to announce that it will sweeten the rewards offered by its loyalty program, giving members 10 percent back on their purchases this holiday season. The enhanced rewards program is yet another sign of the creative promotions that retailers are expected to use this holiday season to attract shoppers. »Read more
  Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 4:19 PM ET

Food Prices Expected to Rise Sharply

Posted By: Brian A. Shactman
In its most recent CPI report for food, the USDA reported that prices are expected to rise in 2011. For all food, prices are expected to rise two to three percent, which is double the levels of 2010. Meat prices are expected to rise up to 3.5 percent, and dairy 5.5 percent. »Read more
  Friday, 22 Oct 2010 | 3:34 PM ET

Radio Tour: Halloween's Almost Here, Let the Christmas Shopping Begin

Everybody wants to know: What's the best way to save money during the holidays? I have a suggestion or two. »Read more
  Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 2:37 PM ET

Retail's Big Opportunity: Online Sales

Several recent surveys are pointing in one direction: there will be big opportunities for retailers this holiday season online.

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