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We've come to accept the idea that companies must attempt to reduce their impact on the environment in order to be considered good corporate citizens, and that the failure to do so will be punished by consumers.
Don’t be surprised if you’re not holding a glass of Dom Pérignon or Moët when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. These days, it’s more likely to be Prosecco or Cava.
Retailers are celebrating their first real mobile marketing holiday this year with smartphone applications that they hope will help them ring in the New Year with a stronger mobile presence, but as this retail segment matures, apps might not be the best approach.
So maybe the snowstorm that struck the Northeast wasn't the Grinch that stole a profitable Christmas away from retailers after all.
Last summer, while most people were still talking about the popular "Cash for Clunkers" auto program, the Department of Energy announced a $300 million appliance rebate program aimed at encouraging consumers to junk their energy-guzzling appliances for more efficient ones.
Dreaming of a white Christmas?
If you are in the Northeast, you just might get your wish. Weather forecasters are calling for a major snowstorm to start in Virginia on Friday and head up the coast to New England by Sunday. The major population centers of the East will receive their heaviest snowfall on Saturday, according to these reports.
There’s only a few days left to find that perfect gift this holiday season, but with the help of an iPhone, all you may need is a few minutes.
In a daring move, PepsiCo is planning to sit on the sidelines during Super Bowl XLIV, ending a 23-year streak of advertising during the big game.
Although the highly discretionary jewelry market was one of the hardest hit areas in the retail sector last holiday, jewelry stores have an edge over traditional retailers this year, as they look to improve their margins by easing up on discounting and offering more items at consumer-friendly prices.
The economic downturn has dealt a pretty harsh blow to the restaurant industry, with both the total number of diners and the amount each customer spends declining.
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
Retailers have kept inventories in check, but signs are emerging they may not have broken consumers' addiction to discounts just yet.
Retailmenot is at the mercy of Google's search algorithms, but rankings in search engine results have begun to perk up.
Target is offering free holiday shipping on all items, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon.