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  Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 12:47 PM ET

Why Protecting Your Health Is Good for Business

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.

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  Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 4:57 PM ET

Wine at a Good Price Doesn't Have to Be 'Cheap'

Posted By: Chris Morris|Special to CNBC.com

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.

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  Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 1:39 PM ET

For Retailers, a Merry Mobile X-Mas & an Appy New Year

Posted By: Cadie Thompson

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.

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  Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 | 11:37 AM ET

Retailers Should Still Ring Up A Profitable Christmas

So maybe the snowstorm that struck the Northeast wasn't the Grinch that stole a profitable Christmas away from retailers after all.

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  Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 1:29 PM ET

Buying An Appliance? Get The Rebates You Deserve

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.

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  Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 3:13 PM ET

Snow Could Derail Retailers' Last Hope for the Year

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.

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  Friday, 18 Dec 2009 | 11:51 AM ET

Last-Minute Shopping? There's an App for That

Posted By: Cadie Thompson

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.

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  Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 3:00 PM ET

Pepsi's Gamble: Sitting on Sidelines at the Super Bowl

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.

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  Thursday, 17 Dec 2009 | 11:49 AM ET

Jewelry Sales Regain Some of Their Sparkle

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

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.

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  Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 | 2:50 PM ET

With Restaurants Yet to Recover, Panera Stands Out

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.

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  • Customer shops at a Kroger supermarket in Peoria, Ill.

    Kroger, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, is the latest high-profile company caught in the battle over gun rights and gun control in the U.S.

  • Target reported a drop in profit and cut its full-year forecast as it resorts to price cuts to win over shoppers unnerved by a massive data breach.

  • A unit of Hain Celestial Group is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.