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  Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 6:45 PM ET

Disney Hopes to Build New Legacy for 'Tron' at Comic-Con

Fresh off its $4.2-billion acquisition of Marvel, Walt Disneyhas a lot riding on this year's trip to the Comic-Con International Convention.

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  Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | 1:48 PM ET

Positive Sign for the Economy? Americans on the Move Again

One potentially positive sign from the uncommon economic indicators file : the American Moving and Storage Association shows Americans are on the move again.

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  Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 2:29 PM ET

New Cola War: Pepsi and Coke's Latest Weapons

Posted By: Brian A. Shactman
Pepsi Max and Coke Zero
Pepsi Max and Coke Zero

Remember the "Pepsi Challenge"?

Coke or Pepsi?—It used to be a question up there with boxers or briefs and McDonald'sorBurger King. But the Cola War intensity in this iconic rivalry has been noticeably missing the last few years.

Until now.

Pepsi is throwing its marketing weight behind Pepsi Max. Its high-caffeine, zero-calorie beverage that's aimed directly at the same consumer that could also gravitate to rival Coke Zero.

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  Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010 | 12:27 PM ET

Consumers Beating Manufacturers at Their Own Game

Marketers beware . . . a recession-hardened consumer has turned the tables on you.

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  Monday, 19 Jul 2010 | 12:53 PM ET

When Will Consumers Start Spending Again? Try 2013

Five to seven years. That's the length of time the Federal Reserve suggested last week that it would take for the U.S. economy to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

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  Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 2:36 PM ET

One Retail Sector Defies Sluggish Economy

As murky as the consumer picture is now, there is one spot on retail landscape that is still shining bright: online sales.

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  Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 2:54 PM ET

Economic Recovery Is Faltering As Shoppers Head to Sidelines

While economic recoveries can be choppy and uneven in the beginning, the latest read on retail sales only fuels worries that shoppers are heading to the sidelines as the economy shifts into a lower gear.

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  Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 10:00 PM ET

'Twas 164 Days Before Christmas...

Santa may be off sunning himself on the beach, but inside many malls and retail stores it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And why not, there are only 164 shopping days left until the big day.

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  Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 4:25 PM ET

Americans Making Good On Promise to Pay Off Debt

If the results of an American Express survey are correct, consumers are making good on their promise to pay down their debts .

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  Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 12:00 PM ET

Higher E-Commerce Sales May Be Only a Click Away

Posted By: Crystal Kang

The abandoned shopping cart: it’s the bane of all online retailers.

As more shoppers use the Web to research prices before buying a product, retailers are offering "live help" tools in an effort to improve customer service online and spur sales .

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