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  Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 2:18 PM ET

Don't Believe Retail Sales—The Consumer Isn't Back

An upbeat retail sales report for August may have buoyed up some hopes for renewed consumer spending, but those on the frontlines — consumer products and retail executives — interviewed by CNBC on Wednesday weren't quite as upbeat.

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  Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 2:46 PM ET

Has Sponsoring Fashion Week Lost Its Style?

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Fashion Week has long been recognized as a hub for the hottest trends. But with the retail sector getting pounded by the economy, has sponsoring the event gone out of style?

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  Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 2:01 AM ET

Toys 'R Us Plans to Open 350 'Holiday Express' Stores

At a time when many retailers are shutting store locations, Toys 'R Us is making a bold move of boosting its retail presence during its most critical selling season. »Read more
  Monday, 14 Sep 2009 | 3:21 PM ET

Risky Business: Lingerie Makers Go Outside Their Comfort Zone

Ahh…temptation. Isn’t that what shopping is supposed to be about?

Sometimes it’s hard in these tough times for retailers to think about anything survival, and stick to the safe and secure, but that’s not always going to be the right trick to woo the consumer. Sometimes, it pays to take a risk, especially when there’s a void to be filled.

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  Monday, 14 Sep 2009 | 12:14 PM ET

Highlights From Frederick's 2009 Fall Collection

Frederick's Lingerie Highlights

Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up.  "The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds. According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been try
Photo: Frederick's of Hollywood / CNBC.com
Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up. "The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds. According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been try

Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up.

"The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds.

According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been trying to stand out from "same T's, tanks and pants."

Click ahead to see some items consumers are buying from Frederick's.

By Christina Cheddar Berk
Posted 14 Sept 2009

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  Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | 1:25 PM ET

Fashion Business Tries to Alter Recession's 'Bad Fit'

Posted By: Cathy Horyn|The New York Times

The fabric in the hands of Thakoon Panichgul, one of Michelle Obama’s favorite designers, is exquisite. An Italian jacquard, woven from yarns of eight different colors, it costs $100 a yard. A dress that Mr. Panichgul plans to make from the cloth for his runway show next week will cost $2,000.

He lets it fall away. It troubles Mr. Panichgul that as much as people love beautiful clothes, they do not understand why they cost so much. “It’s becoming a losing battle,” he said.

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  Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 2:51 PM ET

What Does Wal-Mart's Marketplace Say About Online Shopping?

Despite all its success, Wal-Mart Storeshas yet to conquer the online retail world. With its launch of the Wal-Mart Marketplace , the world's largest retailer may be hoping to change that.

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  Tuesday, 8 Sep 2009 | 2:44 PM ET

Will KB Toys Live On After Liquidation?

The stores may be shuttered, the company liquidated, but retail brands are increasingly living on long after the bankruptcy proceedings have ended.

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  Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 11:18 AM ET

Time to Get Classy: Picking A Winning Luxury Brand

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

Now comes the tough part.

The latest batch of monthly retail sales reports showed steep sales declines for high-end retailers like Saks and Nordstrom , but with signs the economy is beginning to turn around, it will pay for luxury brands to hold their ground.

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  Wednesday, 2 Sep 2009 | 12:44 PM ET

'Clunkers' Was An 'Ingenious' Way to Coax Spending

The government's "Cash for Clunkers" program was "ingenious" because it coaxed wary consumers into re-leveraging their personal balance sheet, Doug Dachille, CEO of investment firm First Principles Capital Management told CNBC.

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  • Christina Cheddar Berk is editor of CNBC.com's Consumer Nation and chief trend spotter.

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