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Guitar Center follows its own drummer

Jun 27, 2007
Guitar Center, which started almost a half century ago as a small appliance and organ shop in Hollywood, has been bought in a private-equity deal. How did the company get to being worth $2 billion? Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Investing, Retail, Wall Street

Running Rite Aid

Jun 25, 2007
Rite Aid's Mary Sammons has faced her share of challenges since joining the company. In Part 2 of our interview, Kai Ryssdal spoke to the CEO about the early days.
Posted In: Retail

A date with good luck?

Jun 22, 2007
Lots of people seem to be excited about July 7, 2007 and its ties to lucky 777. But companies in search of the Asian consumer have an even bigger day to look forward to: 8/8/08. Lenora Chu reports.
Posted In: Retail

Let them eat sheet cake

Jun 22, 2007
Susan Lobsinger has been baking wedding cakes for 30 years. But now she's also renting them. She talked with Tess Vigeland about what appears to be her tiered recipe for success.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Retail

Right portion, right business model

Jun 22, 2007
T.G.I. Friday's is bucking casual dining's super-size-me trend to offer a new "Right Portion, Right Price" menu. Customers get about 2/3 the food for about 2/3 the price. And for Friday's it's meant more customers, higher profits. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Retail

Greeting cards still feelin' the love

Jun 22, 2007
You might think all those thank you e-mails and free e-cards and party Evites you receive would pile up and start weighing down the greeting card industry's bottom line, but profits are soaring. Jill Barshay looks at how they're keeping paper cards alive.
Posted In: Retail

Calling off Manhunt 2

Jun 22, 2007
The creators of the hyper-violent Grand Theft Auto video game series may have gone too far this time. A sequel to a best-selling gorefest has been banned in the U.K. and won't be sold in the U.S. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail

Best DSL deal's on the DL

Jun 21, 2007
AT&T just came out with a high-speed Internet bargain that they aren't exactly going out of their way to promote to consumers. It had to begin offering the cut-rate service to get the FCC to agree to its merger with BellSouth. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Retail

A Blockbuster vote for Blu-ray

Jun 18, 2007
It's the Beta vs. VHS battle of our time... two rival formats for high-definition DVDs are vying for market share. A move by the nation's biggest DVD rental retailer could tip the balance. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail, Science

Ethanol growth pushes up food prices

Jun 15, 2007
Washington's drive to develop energy alternatives is chewing up commodities like corn that we'd otherwise be feeding ourselves. And that's raising grocery prices. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Retail, Washington

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