Another Mattel recall makes three

Sep 5, 2007
Mattel has announced yet another recall of toys made in its factories in China. That's the third time in five weeks, but some in the industry are saying don't be too quick to put the blame on Chinese factories.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Low prices come with low wages

Aug 29, 2007
What'd you pay for that grill? As you enjoy a long weekend and Labor Day barbeques, Robert Reich suggests you think about how we as a nation traded in a unionized workforce with the bargaining clout to get higher wages for cheap goods and services.
Posted In: Jobs, Retail

Coming soon: Small-Mart

Aug 27, 2007
Wal-Mart's on the lookout for an executive to help shape a smaller-store strategy, and analysts have been expecting Wal-Mart to get bigger by going smaller with their new stores. Steve Tripoli reports.
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Retailers try return policy on their stock

Aug 24, 2007
Things seem to be falling apart at the seams for some of this country's biggest clothing retailers. Ann Taylor posted a 27% decline in profits, and the Gap is cutting 2,200 jobs with sales down 5%. But both announced big stock buybacks. Why? Stacey Vanek-Smith found out.
Posted In: Retail, Wall Street

Teens reaching for souped-up cold ones?

Aug 22, 2007
Caffeinated beer may sound like a college student's dream, but some worry the drinks are being marketed to underage consumers as beverage companies grab for their share of the multi-billion dollar energy drink market. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Got an ID for that beer, grandpa?

Aug 21, 2007
Commentator Benjamin Barber stopped at his local Price Chopper store in Massachusetts last week to grab some beer and groceries. At the register he had an encounter that gave him pause -- and a few choice thoughts.
Posted In: Crime, Retail

Wal-Mart music can now be replicated

Aug 21, 2007
Wal-Mart plans to start selling music downloads without copy protection at a cheaper rate per song than iTunes. But some say the move won't necessarily bump up online sales. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail

American cheese gets flavor

Aug 20, 2007
Artisanal cheese makers across the U.S. are slowly but surely crafting a better reputation for American cheese. Think less square singles wrapped in plastic, more finely-aged fromage fit even for the French? Oui, Daniel Weiss reports.
Posted In: Retail

Dogs take couture to the catwalk

Aug 17, 2007
Pet Fashion Week kicks off tomorrow in New York, featuring high-end products for dogs. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports that fancy Fido doodads are capturing an ever-larger slice of the $40-billion-a-year pet-products market.
Posted In: Retail

'Made in the USA' has new cachet

Aug 17, 2007
Mattel is spinning its damage control wheels as fast as it can following back-to-back recalls of millions of its China-made toys. Meanwhile, American toymakers are cashing in - and dreaming of a red, white and blue Christmas. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Health, Retail