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  Friday, 14 Aug 2009 | 11:21 AM ET

What Shape Economic Recovery? Watch Back-to-School Spending

How consumers behave during this year's back-to-school shopping season could give us our first taste of what's to come for the broader economy. »Read more
  Thursday, 13 Aug 2009 | 5:46 PM ET

Wal-Mart Stores: Hyphenate Less

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate, that is the question on the minds of many business editors today. More than a year after changing its logo to the unhyphenated "Walmart" followed by a star burst, the world's largest retailer issued an editor's note today regarding the proper usage of its name. »Read more
  Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | 3:15 PM ET

Want A $9.99 Flat-Screen TV? Nevermind

Retailers, hurt by the weak economy, have been treating consumers to some sweet deals, but this one goes down in the record book as too good to be true. Shoppers who logged on to Best Buy's Web site this morning thought they snagged the deal of the century, but none of the customers will receive the $9.99 flat-screen TV they thought they bought. »Read more
  Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | 4:41 PM ET

Cookie Monster: Is Wal-Mart Taking on The Girl Scouts?

Does Wal-Mart's latest rival wear a green uniform? There's a big controversy in the blogosphere about how a "Cookie Mom" has accused the world's largest retailer of trying to take a nibble out of the Girl Scout's business. »Read more
  Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 4:02 PM ET

Retail Stocks Are Rebounding —Even Without the Consumer

Retailers are managing their business better, even though consumers are still conserving cash— and investors are taking notice. »Read more
  Wednesday, 5 Aug 2009 | 4:24 PM ET

Tough Times for Teen Apparel Retailers

Analysts are expecting a late start to the back-to-school shopping season, and that means that retail sales reports for July, which are due out Thursday morning, will likely be weak. »Read more
  Tuesday, 4 Aug 2009 | 4:11 PM ET

Is It Worth Guzzling That 'Clunker' Cash?

The Senate is readying an extension of the so-called Cash for Clunkers program, potentially providing more consumers with another chance to cash in on the popular government program. But does it make sense for you to make use of this program? »Read more
  Monday, 3 Aug 2009 | 12:10 PM ET

Shopping for Growth in the Retail Sector

So how are retailers growing in this tough economy? They're buying it. Seven of the top 10 companies on Stores magazine's Hot 100 Retailers list grew by acquisition. A look at others that are growing and why? »Read more
  Thursday, 30 Jul 2009 | 4:09 PM ET

EBay: Auction Site? Or Discount Store?

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson
As the retail sector continues to struggle—with June store sales falling short of expectations and consumer confidence dropping nearly 6 percent—online retailer eBay is rewriting its marketing strategy for the upcoming holiday season. »Read more
  Monday, 20 Jul 2009 | 10:37 AM ET

Is Pent-Up Retail Demand About to Pop?

Until last fall we were a nation that shopped until we dropped. Will back-to-school shopping season be a catalyst to get shoppers off the sidelines? An annual survey released today by Deloitte suggests the answer is yes. »Read more

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  • From the products to the pitches to the people who buy them, we are a Consumer Nation. This blog focuses on all things consumer, taking the pulse of the attitudes that shape purchasing decisions, and providing insights that will help keep marketers, entrepreneurs and investors up-to-date on where trends are heading.

 

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

  • Courtney is a retail reporter for CNBC.

  • Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.

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  • Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."

  • Coordinating Producer, Squawk on the Street & Squawk Alley

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