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  Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 12:41 PM ET

Union Debate Could Put Wal-Mart Rally on Strike

Citi analyst Deborah Weinswig downgrades Wal-Mart shares to hold from buy, citing fears that proposed legislation intended to make it easier for employees to unionize will boost Wal-Mart's labor costs and hurt its ability to compete. »Read more
  Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 3:20 PM ET

P&G Options Signal Volatile Times Ahead

Procter & Gamble options are among the most heavily traded Friday, with much of the activity in the April contract. The trading appears to signal a big bet that more volatile times are ahead for the consumer products giant. »Read more
  Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 4:48 PM ET

For Retailers, Fashion Makes Cents

A trend emerged as you pick through February retail sales reports that may be counterintuitive: consumers showed a hunger for fashion. »Read more
  Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 4:01 PM ET

Retailers Expanding in The Face of A Downturn

Posted By: JeeYeon Park
Due to the real estate downturn, retailers are able to expand and open new stores in places where renting land would once have been almost impossible. »Read more
  Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 3:24 PM ET

Another Reason to Fix Housing: Relocation Stimulus

If you're looking for more reasons why we need to fix the housing mess, try this: It stimulates the economy. »Read more
  Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | 3:08 PM ET

A Silver Lining for Retailers in Consumer Spending Report?

Consumer spending rose for the first time in seven months as consumers eased back into the marketplace. Is it time to sound the all-clear for retailers? »Read more
  Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 1:02 PM ET

Fast Cash 'Needs' Spur Early Filing of Tax Returns

Anxious to get their hands on cold, hard cash, many Americans who are expecting a refund are filing their taxes early, according to a recent survey. »Read more
  Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 3:12 PM ET

Recession Is An Opportunity for Online Retailers

Like addicts trying to avoid their vice, formerly free-spending consumers are trying to save money by avoiding stores all together. But what happens when they really need to buy something? They go online, according to Shoebuy.com CEO Scott Savitz. »Read more
  Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 3:35 PM ET

A Rare Sign of Improvement in Retail Sector

So far retail sales in February are looking a lot better than in January, but that doesn't mean retailers are out of the woods yet. Still, a turnaround could be in the works for the middle of next year, says one analyst. »Read more
  Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 3:58 PM ET

Could US Have Worse 'Lost Decade' Than Japan?

There is no shortage of people looking to Japan's so-called Lost Decade of the 1990s for lessons on how to weather the current economic storm, but that could understate the magnitude of the current crisis. »Read more

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  • Customer shops at a Kroger supermarket in Peoria, Ill.

    Kroger, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, is the latest high-profile company caught in the battle over gun rights and gun control in the U.S.

  • Target reported a drop in profit and cut its full-year forecast as it resorts to price cuts to win over shoppers unnerved by a massive data breach.

  • A unit of Hain Celestial Group is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.