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  Friday, 27 Nov 2009 | 9:57 AM ET

EA Sports Hopes to Pump Up Sales Through Pop-Up Locations

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

With commercial real estate values down 37 percent compared with one year ago, a new industry is jumping in on the pop-up location trend.

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  Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 1:21 PM ET

Consumers Catching the Holiday Spirit

Consumers seem to be building momentum heading into the holiday shopping season.

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  Wednesday, 25 Nov 2009 | 11:57 AM ET

Blue Jeans Expected to See Another Green Christmas

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Trying to guess your wife's jean size this holiday will probably get you into even more trouble than if you come home empty-handed.

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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 2:29 PM ET

Holiday Tipping: Who And How Much

Posted By: Joseph Pisani, |CNBC News Associate

With Americans cutting back on spending because of the recession, holiday tipping will take another hit this year.

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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 2:06 PM ET

Deep Discounts Should Make It a Very Tech-y Holiday

Posted By: Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com|CNBC.com

Unemployment is up and consumer spending is down, but analysts still think the electronics category will be one of the strongest areas of the holiday season. With deep pricing discounts on many products, retailers are hoping to lure in consumers who are guarding their wallets more carefully.

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  Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 12:57 PM ET

Holiday Tipping Guide: 2009

Whom To Tip

Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).
Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Everyone's budget is tight this year, but tipping is still expected by those who count it as a considerable part of their income. We asked tipping experts to tell us whom you should consider tipping and amounts that are customary to give.

Posted Nov. 20, 2009


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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 3:49 PM ET

Smartphone Guide

Buying Guide

Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).
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Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Smartphones are at the top of holiday shopping lists this year, and with so many different models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Posted Nov. 20, 2009

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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 1:51 PM ET

10 Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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Retailers aren't the only ones with a lot at stake during the holidays. About one-third of all spirits sales are rung up during the last two months of the year, according to the industry's trade group, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Although office parties are getting downsized --or eliminated-- this year, people will still gather and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We asked some of the nation's top bartenders for their suggestions  on  what to serve at holid
Retailers aren't the only ones with a lot at stake during the holidays. About one-third of all spirits sales are rung up during the last two months of the year, according to the industry's trade group, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Although office parties are getting downsized --or eliminated-- this year, people will still gather and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We asked some of the nation's top bartenders for their suggestions  on  what to serve at holid

Retailers aren't the only ones with a lot at stake during the holidays. About one-third of all spirits sales are rung up during the last two months of the year, according to the industry's trade group, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Although office parties are getting downsized --or eliminated-- this year, people will still gather and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We asked some of the nation's top bartenders for their suggestions on what to serve at holiday celebrations.

By Christina Cheddar Berk
Posted 20 Nov 2009

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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 1:50 PM ET

10 Hot Gadgets for the Holidays

Posted By: Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com

10 Gadgets for the Holidays

Even though the economy’s in the dumps, consumer electronics will still top many gift lists this holiday season. If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.
Even though the economy’s in the dumps, consumer electronics will still top many gift lists this holiday season. If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.

Even though the economy’s in the dumps, consumer electronics will still top many gift lists this holiday season.

If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.

By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 20 Nov 2009

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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

This Holiday Season—Little Joy For Those Hard Hit

Posted By: Jane Wells

We keep talking about consumers. I decided to talk to them, instead.

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