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  Friday, 14 May 2010 | 11:39 AM ET

Wal-Mart's Soda Price Cuts: Not so Sweet?

Wal-Mart Stores' aggressive price cuts on soft drinks are a good deal for consumers stocking up for their Memorial Day barbecues, but they might not be so sweet for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group — not to mention Wal-Mart itself— in the long run.

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  Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 4:14 PM ET

Katz Takes Helm at Neiman as Luxury Comes Back

Posted By: Meredith Land, NBC-DFW|Special to CNBC.com

In the fashion world, the name Karen Katz is as well-known as Michael Jordan is in the sports world.

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  Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 2:06 PM ET

Hesitant Travelers Book Close to Stay: Loews CEO

Posted By: Cynthia Lin
Hotel room keycard on table
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Hotel room keycard on table

Despite slightly better occupancies, the hotel industry is still feeling the effects of timid consumer confidence as travelers are booking much closer to the date of their stay, Jonathan Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews, told CNBC on Thursday.

"People are making decisions much later," Tisch said. "We don't have the luxury as the hotel operators to get a sense of where things are going to be until a much shorter time period."

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  Wednesday, 12 May 2010 | 4:15 PM ET

Whole Foods Results, Outlook Top Forecasts

Posted By: CNBC.com with Wires

Whole Foods posted quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations and raised its outlook for the full year on Wedesday, sending shares higher in late trading.

The organic food retailer said it earned 38 cents a share in its fiscal second quarter, excluding one-time items, compared with 19 cents a share this time last year.

Sales for the most recent quarter reached $2.11 billion, up from $1.86 billion in the same period last year.

Analysts who follow the company projected Whole Foods to earn 33 cents a share on revenue of $2.05 billion, according to a consensus from Thomson Reuters.

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  Friday, 7 May 2010 | 8:43 PM ET

Consumer Borrowing Posts Unexpected Gain in March

Posted By: AP

Consumer borrowing posted an unexpected increase in March, only the second gain in the last 14 months. It could be a sign that households are feeling more confident about boosting spending, a key development needed to support a sustained economic recovery.

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  Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 1:30 PM ET

Coach Caters to Men With New NYC Shop

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

In the latest push to expand its product line to a wider demographic, luxury goods maker Coach will debut its first-ever standalone men's store on Friday, to determine whether an expansion on the category—or a slew of men's-specific locations—could be a profitable investment.

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  Thursday, 6 May 2010 | 1:24 PM ET

The Long, Slow Slog to Retail Recovery

The latest batch of retail sales reportsunderscore that economic recovery doesn't happen overnight.

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  Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 4:12 PM ET

Who's Hiring Now: Retailers, Manufacturers Add Workers

Posted By: Reported by Bertha Coombs, written by Michelle Lodge

Manufacturing and retail were the sectors that hemorrhaged the most jobs over the last two years.

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  Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 12:04 AM ET

Some Retailers Still Far Outclassing Others on the Web

Posted By: Krystina Gustafson

As consumers increasingly shift their spending to the Internet, retailers' focus on improving their online presence is paying off.

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  Monday, 3 May 2010 | 3:36 PM ET

Gas Prices Unlikely to Spike Despite Growing Gulf Oil Spill

Don't panic about gasoline prices yet.

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