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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.
In the fashion world, the name Karen Katz is as well-known as Michael Jordan is in the sports world.
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."
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.
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.
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.
The latest batch of retail sales reportsunderscore that economic recovery doesn't happen overnight.
Manufacturing and retail were the sectors that hemorrhaged the most jobs over the last two years.
As consumers increasingly shift their spending to the Internet, retailers' focus on improving their online presence is paying off.
Don't panic about gasoline prices yet.
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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Retail expert Robin Lewis offered what he called a "win-win" solution for two retailers: Amazon should acquire Sears.
A new agreement requires GrubHub to ensure fees it charges restaurants for its service does not sap tips from delivery people or other workers.
Lululemon is having its first analyst day since its new CEO took over in January. Stacey Widlitz, CNBC retail analyst, provides perspective.