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The Xmas that stole Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2007
While many don't have to worry about the dreaded annual shopping rush until tomorrow, some are gearing up by pumping out the Christmas spirit today. Alisa Roth explores the advance on the next holiday.
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How do they analyze holiday sales?

Nov 19, 2007
Most analyst estimates for this year's holiday retail sales are for about a 4% increase over last year. But how do they know? Marshall Cohen, the chief analyst at the market research firm NPD Group, explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Can Wal-Mart save the world?

Nov 16, 2007
Retail powerhouse Wal-Mart has been taking great pains to improve its image by adopting environmental standards across all of its stores. Kai Ryssdal talks to Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott.
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No packaging? No problem

Nov 15, 2007
British cosmetics manufacturer Mark Constantine is very critical of his own industry, and he's started a revolution in the world of marketing -- products with minimal packaging, aimed at a green market.
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A marketing battle of wants vs. needs

Nov 12, 2007
Global consumer spending has skyrocketed in the past two decades. But is advertising to blame? Do we all simply want more stuff, or do we need it for our high-speed modern lifestyles? It's a little of both, says marketing expert Kit Yarrow.
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Greed as a disease

Nov 12, 2007
America's consumer economy may be a symptom of a bigger illness -- and it could be killing us all. As a species, we simply don't know what to do with all this excess, says prominent UCLA researcher Dr. Peter Whybrow.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Weekend for exclusive shoppers only

Nov 8, 2007
Best Buy is attempting to get an edge on holiday shopping by inviting its top customers to an exclusive sale this Sunday. Lisa Napoli tells us why this might help the retailer in an ultra-competitive season.
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Fiji Water thirsts to quench eco-trouble

Nov 7, 2007
Bottled water has been getting a bad rep for its negative impact on the environment. But today, Fiji Water will unveil a new eco-friendly business plan that will actually help the environment. Jeff Tyler reports.
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White House decides to play it safer

Nov 6, 2007
After indications last week that it was against further regulation, the Bush Administration unveiled today a plan to more closely monitor imported food and other products. Jill Barshay reports.
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More power to import product safety

Nov 6, 2007
The Bush Administration is unveiling a plan to tackle the safety of imports by beefing up the agencies that police them, including giving them the power to impose penalities and order mandatory recalls. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Health, Mexico, Retail

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