Cadbury finds itself in a sticky mess

Jul 11, 2007
Cadbury Schweppes is set to be sentenced by a British court for hygiene offenses, after it knowingly sold chocolate contaminated with salmonella. Stephen Beard takes a look at the case's impact on Cadbury's squeaky clean image.
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From big boxes to small niches

Jul 9, 2007
Tom Stemberg, founder of office-supply giant Staples, unveiled today a new venture capital fund. It will focus on retail start-ups that are just about the opposite of the type of store he pioneered. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Investing, Retail

Another recall hits toys made in China

Jul 6, 2007
China has been struggling to address growing concerns about the safety of its products. And this week U.S. officials recalled three more toys made in China for potential health hazards. Amy Scott reports.
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Europe's fashionistas are changing

Jul 6, 2007
Trendsetters in Old Europe are spending more of their style dollars on MP3 players and cell phones and less on the clothes they wear, but clothing sales are up in the E.U.'s newest member states. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Canada, Retail

Firecracker fun made in China

Jul 4, 2007
Fireworks are as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July, except that almost all of them are made in China. So how do we know if they're safe? The industry acted to defuse that issue nearly 20 years ago, but it's not failsafe, John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Canada, Entertainment, Retail

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.
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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.
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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.
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