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  Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 5:54 PM ET

Americans Serious About Improving Finances: Advisers

Many Americans headed into the new year with pledges to get their financial houses in order , and judging from the observations of financial advisers, a good number are doing just that.

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  Friday, 4 Jun 2010 | 11:24 AM ET

iPad Sparks New Way For Retailers to Advertise

Posted By: Cadie Thompson

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.

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  Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | 11:32 AM ET

All Abroad: Retailers Head Overseas to Boost Growth

Posted By: Barbara Thau,|Special to CNBC.com

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.

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  Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 4:38 PM ET

Retail Sales: Are Consumers Down for the Count?

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.

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  Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 12:35 PM ET

Summer of Full Flights and High Fares

Posted By: Jane L. Levere|The New York Times

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.

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  Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 11:17 AM ET

Venting Online, Consumers Can Find Themselves in Court

Posted By: Dan Frosch|The New York Times

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.

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  Tuesday, 1 Jun 2010 | 9:54 AM ET

Boomer Brands Get A Second Life

Posted By: Joseph Pisani |CNBC.com News Associate

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.

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  Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 12:02 PM ET

Banks Unlikely to Ease Lending Standards: FICO

Posted By: Natalie Erlich

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.

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  Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | 9:45 AM ET

The Retail Recovery's Best Accessory: Higher Handbag Sales

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

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.

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  Tuesday, 25 May 2010 | 2:09 PM ET

Are Lower Gas Prices a Windfall for Consumers?

Gasoline prices are heading lower. Enjoy it while it lasts, but don't expect the decline to provide a huge jolt to consumer spending.

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