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In a move to gauge the iPad’s marketing potential, retailers and brands are starting to place interactive ads in digital magazine publications featured on the tablet, hoping their early adoption of new technology may help them swoon new consumers and target their primary audience.
Global markets have been rattled recently by volatily brought on by the European debt crisis, but U.S. retailers are continuing to set their sights on opportunities for growth abroad.
Analysts are expecting retailers to post higher same-store sales in May, but with trends showing some signs of consumer spending weakening from the start of the year, investors are grappling with the bigger question regarding the state of the consumer. The problem: The answer may not be found in Thursday's batch of monthly sales reports.
This is not going to be a good summer for air travelers.
They face a potential combination of crowded flights, high fares and labor disruptions. And that does not even consider the possibility of more canceled flights because of new penalties for airlines that encounter long tarmac delays or the potential of continued disruption in Europe from the volcano ash drifting from Iceland.
After a towing company hauled Justin Kurtz’s car from his apartment complex parking lot, despite his permit to park there, Mr. Kurtz, 21, a college student in Kalamazoo, Mich., went to the Internet for revenge.
Outraged at having to pay $118 to get his car back, Mr. Kurtz created a Facebook page called “Kalamazoo Residents against T&J Towing.” Within two days, 800 people had joined the group, some posting comments about their own maddening experiences with the company.
T&J filed a defamation suit against Mr. Kurtz, claiming the site was hurting business and seeking $750,000 in damages.
When executives at Akeena Solarwanted to give their solar panels some mainstream appeal, they looked for a way to bring brand name recognition to their little-known Andalay solar panels.
Banks aren't likely to ease lending standards anytime soon due to continued worries about delinquencies, according to a survey by FICO, a decision management and analytics firm that determines consumer credit scores.
“On one hand, consumers are wanting more credit, but there’s reasons to be concerned because we’re not over the hump yet in terms of some of the delinquencies that consumers are still going to face in terms of mortgages, credit cards, and even home equity loans,” said Mark Greene, FICO's CEO. “So the bankers are worried. They see an extra demand for credit, but they’re not really willing to open up the credit lines quite yet.”
In fact, some 92 percent of the 127-surveyed bankers believe lending standards will hold steady or get tougher this quarter.
With women growing tired of their over-worn wardrobes and the economy slowly ticking higher, sales of fashion accessories rose 17 percent in the first quarter, after ending the year 10 percent lower in 2009, according to an industry study.
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.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of CNBC's 5pm ET show "Fast Money."
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Strong sales in Asia helped luxury brand Burberry post a 19 percent rise in second-half revenue.
Food prices are rising. After two months of sharp increase, grocers had no alternative but to raise their prices.
Brooklyn, N.Y.-based sneaker brand, Greats, said it has raised $1.5 million in new capital from a group of investors, Crain's reports.