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  • The Gap's flagship store in San Francisco

    While the economic data show a recovery in place, it doesn't seem as if the message has gotten through to retailers serving lower- and middle-income consumers.

  • Small businesses are using their personality and personal touch to their advantage over the big guys with creative loyalty rewards programs, reports USA Today.

  • The sudden departure of Lululemon Athletica's CEO left analysts scratching their heads on Tuesday and prompted a wave of price target cuts and downgrades of the company's stock.

  • Christine Day, CEO of Lululemon Athletica Inc., speaks during an event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Feb. 15, 2013.

    Lululemon said its CEO will step down. The news came a few months after the company had to recall one of its yoga pants for being too sheer. The company also beat on earnings.

  • Customer reviews influencing what retailers do more than ever before. The culprit: social media and the risks that negative comments can go viral quicker than ever before.

  • Target's new bridal collection

    Attention, busy brides-to-be, you can now add wedding gown to your Target shopping carts since the discount retailer has become the the latest retailer to move into the increasingly crowded space.

  • Asia's Animal Spirit Boosts Pet Care Market

    Europe may be in the doghouse, while Wall Street is the cat who got the cream but come boost or bust, Asia's pet business is on the rise. CNBC's Sri Jegarajah investigates.

  • While 94 percent of the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index have already reported quarterly earnings, this week remains a key week for the retail industry with 24 retailers reporting earnings—12 of which are S&P 500 components.

  • It's good to remember that some turnarounds have happy endings. For retailer Gap, the current outcome is a positive one as investors are again falling into the Gap.

  • Teammates assist J.A. Happ after he was hit by a line drive on Tuesday.

    Toronto Blue Jay pitcher J.A. Happ's skull fracture from a line drive to the head raises questions about protective gear for baseball. Here are some available products.

  • Bangladeshis protests over the collapse of a factory complex.

    Major retailers like Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, Gap, Nike and Target are feeling a new degree of pressure to re-assess global sourcing strategies. And that may prompt them to take some potentially costly steps.

  • Cooler than usual weather is taking a bite out of retail sales in the Northeast. The situation could impact first quarter margins – when retailers report quarterly earnings.

  • The AR-15's use in the mass shootings in Newtown and Aurora has thrust it into the national spotlight, but just the threat of a ban has been a boon to its sales.

  • Customers try on Warby Parker eyewear at the flagship store's grand opening in SOHO, New York.

    Hip start-up Warby Parker debuted its flagship, eyeglass store in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Do online retailers need brick-and-mortar stores?

  • Three more top executives at J.C. Penney have left the ailing retailer, the New York Post reported, following the ouster of Chief Executive Ron Johnson.

  • Following Lululemon's announcement that it expects a yoga pant shortage and a "significant impact" on its financial results due to a see-through pant recall, the stock posted its worst three-day loss since August.

  • Workers build a new home at the Pulte Homes Fireside at Norterra-Skyline housing development in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Home Depot expects 3 percent growth in 2013, the same it saw in 2012 as economic growth remains steady, CEO Frank Blake told CNBC.

  • Despite poor weather and consumer spending headwinds, retail same-store sales gained momentum as February progressed. Still, one analyst sees a challenging environment.

  • Retail-Palooza Preview

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan offers a preview of the retailers reporting quarterly earnings next week; and Liz Dunn, Macquarie Capital senior analyst, and Jan Kniffen, Worldwide Enterprises CEO, provide perspective.

  • Next week is the biggest one of the earnings season for the retailers. While each will have different nuances, and wrap up the key holiday quarter, Wall Street will be focused on the sales forecast for the current quarter.