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Folks are starting to speculate about whether September chain-store sales can be seen as a barometer of how Christmas holiday sales will ring in.
Let the holiday price wars begin.
Target is expected to announce that it will match toy price discounts put in place last week by rival Wal-Mart Stores .
Following on the heels of its S-4 filing last week, PepsiCo announced Monday it plans to name Eric Foss to head up the company's bottling business once it completes its acquisition of Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas .
PepsiCo shares rallied Friday as the beverage company inched closer to the dawn of a new Pepsi generation.
You can tell it's getting close to Christmas by the frequency of the "hot toy" lists.
Retailers, take a cue from Wal-Mart Stores: Shoppers will again be making a list and checking it twice this holiday season.
Maybe it's a sign of the times when one of the toys predicted to be among the top sellers this Christmas Holiday is a $10 Zhu Zhu pet hamster.
What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest US toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.
With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters) to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer).
Click ahead to see which toys made the cut.
By Christina Cheddar Berk Posted 24 Sept 2009
Unemployed workers, who are looking forward to the holiday season, in the hope that they can snag a seasonal retail job may be disappointed.
The retail workforce is more stable than it's been in a long time, and that may put a damper on holiday hiring, consultants said.
With the unemployment rate skyrocketing toward 10 percent, fewer people have had the confidence to leave their jobs, even when they aren’t ideal. This trend has reached into the retail sector, where a preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a voluntary turnover rate of 2 percent in July for the industry.
This week Toys 'R Us announced it was opening new "Holiday Express" toy stores in malls and Babies 'R Us locations across the country.
Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.
Courtney Reagan is CNBC's Retail Reporter.
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."
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