Consumer Nation


  Sunday, 26 Sep 2010 | 7:02 PM ET

Working During Retirement May Be 'The New Normal'

Welcome to the age of the "Nevertirees."

A study of wealthy individuals around the world conducted by Barclays pokes holes in the notion that an individual should stop working at a pre-defined age, as it is more of an illusion than a reality.

The study found that increasingly, the wealthy are rejecting the idea of a traditional retirement—the romanticized golden years filled with leisure—and continuing to work long past their early 60s.

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  Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 3:31 PM ET

Who's Ahead of Pack in Digital Gift Cards? The Answer May Surprise You

Retailers don't like to think of gift cards as that last-minute desperate gift that people buy, but let's face it, we've all been there. It's an hour before the party and there's no way you're going to be able to hunt down the perfect gift so you run to a store, or better yet a drugstore or grocery store, that sells gift cards. Bam, problem solved—quickly.

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  Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 1:00 PM ET

Consumers Not Too Spooked to Spend on Halloween

Frightened by the economic outlook? Haunted by fears about your job security? Don't worry Halloween is coming, and Americans are ready to get into the spirit, according to a new survey.

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  Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | 11:14 AM ET

A Very Different Christmas Holiday Forecast: A Dismal Outlook

Another day another holiday forecast, but this time the tone is entirely different.

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  Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 2:53 PM ET

Home for the Holidays Will Cost You

With more travelers taking to the air and airlines still reluctant to add flights, you can go home for the holidays, but it will cost you.

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  Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 11:24 AM ET

Darden Gets Bit by Its 'No Discount' Strategy

Longhorn Restaurant
Courtesy of Darden
Longhorn Restaurant

Darden Restaurants, the operator of LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has never been one to look for a short-term pop from using discounts to lure diners into its restaurants, but that strategy can sometimes be tough for investors to swallow.

As consumers begin dining out more, Darden's competitors have been easing off the discounts, and they've been seeing a big boost in their average check. This means it's not so easy for Darden to outshine its rivals, and Darden's shares are taking a hit as a result.

But Chairman and CEO Clarence Otis defended the company's peformance in the latest quarter.

"We feel like we had a very strong quarter," Otis told CNBC in an interview.

Although the company's same-store sales growth failed to dazzle investors, the company's 20-percent earnings growth did top analysts' estimates.

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  Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 9:35 AM ET

Designers Want to Get You Out of Your Skinny Jeans

Posted By: Ashley Kalinske

Tough economic times not only hamper denim sales, the climate also hurts creativity.

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  Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 10:00 PM ET

Will Sing-a-ma-jigs Be This Year's Zhu Zhu Pets?

It may be too early to tell which toys parents will be hunting for this holiday season, but with Christmas just months away, there is already buzz building around Mattel's harmonizing plush characters, the Sing-a-ma-jigs.

Love them or hate them, these quirky toys are quickly becoming Internet stars. The toys, which croon like "Alvin and the Chipmunks", have already starred in a number of Youtube videos and have now scored a place on Toys 'R Us' "Fabulous 15" list of the best toys for the upcoming holiday season.

There are six characters to choose from, each with their own vocal range and personal song, and they sell for $12.99 each. The combination of being collectible and inexpensive may make them a hot property this holiday season.

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  Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 4:58 PM ET

It Won't Be A Year Without A Santa: Deloitte Sees Holiday Sales Up 2%

If Deloitte's forecast is correct, retailers may see some of their holiday wishes come true this year, especially if they have the right e-commerce strategy.

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  Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 9:52 AM ET

Mr. Obama, Pay Attention to Consumers: Economist

Posted By: Michelle Lodge

It’s the consumer, stupid. That was the message of Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), who told CNBC Monday that the consumer needs to come back for the economy to improve.

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