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  Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 12:57 PM ET

In Beerland, There's No Pumpkin Shortage

There's no pumpkin shortage in the beer aisle.

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  Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | 12:17 PM ET

J. Crew's CEO: The Obama Factor and Giving Consumers Value

It's been a tough time for retailers, but one company that's been getting it right is J. Crew.

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  Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 11:58 AM ET

Why Halloween Is Recession-Proof for Some Retailers

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Halloween spending is expected to fall by roughly $1 billion this season, but sales at some stores may not be as dismal as originally thought.

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  Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 1:09 PM ET

What's Really Behind the Wal-Mart-Amazon Price War?

Has Wal-Mart Storesfound the magic bullet it needs to drive more business to its Web site?

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  Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 8:00 AM ET

Coupons Via Cellphone: Whipping Up the Impulse Buy

To date, the concept of receiving coupons on your cell phone has been more theory than practice. This is despite a resurgence in coupon use and an increasing dependence on cell phones.

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  Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009 | 10:05 PM ET

Top Toy Trends: Me, I Want A Huuuuulaaaa Hoooop!

There's nothing like a recession to make us get all warm and fuzzy about the past.

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  Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 2:55 PM ET

Reinventing the Fan the Dyson Way

Sir James Dyson, a pioneer of bagless vacuum cleaners, wants to change the way you look at fans.

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  Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | 12:02 PM ET

Can Wal-Mart Get You To Buy Your Shampoo Online?

In its latest push to boost its online business, Wal-Mart Stores has started selling health and beauty products online for home delivery.

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  Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 3:16 PM ET

Money to Burn? Drive Away in This Pastry

The economy may be on its way back, but conspicuous consumption is not.

Wealthy Americans may be feeling more cheery and optimistic as the Christmas holiday season approaches, but that doesn't mean they will be doling out extravagant gifts.

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  Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 1:59 PM ET

Fantasy Christmas Gifts 2009

Fantasy Christmas Gifts

When you were young, you may have paged through toy catalogs, compiling the perfect wish list for Santa.  Even though you’re older, there’s no reason to stop dreaming. To get those fantasies churning, click ahead and take a peek at this year’s .The catalog was first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet intended for its best customers. Each year since, it has helped set the bar for luxury holiday gifts. This year’s edition reflects more somber times and includes less pricey items. Keeping in mi
When you were young, you may have paged through toy catalogs, compiling the perfect wish list for Santa.  Even though you’re older, there’s no reason to stop dreaming. To get those fantasies churning, click ahead and take a peek at this year’s .The catalog was first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet intended for its best customers. Each year since, it has helped set the bar for luxury holiday gifts. This year’s edition reflects more somber times and includes less pricey items. Keeping in mi

When you were young, you may have paged through toy catalogs, compiling the perfect wish list for Santa. Even though you’re older, there’s no reason to stop dreaming.

To get those fantasies churning, click ahead and take a peek at this year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book .

The catalog was first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet intended for its best customers. Each year since, it has helped set the bar for luxury holiday gifts.

This year’s edition reflects more somber times and includes less pricey items. Keeping in mind that even the well-heeled may be shunning unnecessary items, the gifts selected focus most heavily providing their recipients with enjoyable experiences.

By Christina Cheddar BerkPosted 9 Oct 2009

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