Wal-Mart has been one bright spot in retail through the economic fallout and has actually boosted its advertising budget. Danielle Karson reports what's keeping the chain healthy and what could hurt it down the road.
Microsoft is gearing up to launch retail stores worldwide to build product buzz and connect with consumers. Will the company be able to re-brand itself to appeal to a larger audience? Mitchell Hartman reports.
New York fashion week is kicking off, and many designers are fearing their new fall lines will be discounted before the season even begins. Over the holidays many stores slashed prices without telling designers. Janet Babin reports.
Several big retail chains have been going bust in this economy, with Circuit City and Mervyn's the latest to fall. But some companies are willing to spend some money on a still valuable brand name. Mitchell Hartman reports.
A new U.S. law in effect today says child products can't contain more than one-tenth of 1 percent phthalates, a plastic-softening chemical. Congress passed it after last year's recalls of Chinese-made toys. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Today, Amazon.com is expected to announce a design upgrade for Kindle, its electronic book reader. But Google is set to compete -- the company recently made its e-book titles available for certain smart phones. Janet Babin reports.
The U.S. textile industry was on the brink of collapse a few years ago when Chinese imports were flooding the market. But subsidies in the current Farm Bill have put the industry a cut above foreign competitors. Leoneda Inge reports.
Consumer spending is down, leaving stores with a lot of unsold inventory. So retailers are unloading those items to companies that specialize in liquidating merchandise, and business for inventory cleaners is booming. Joel Rose reports.
Stores are releasing January retail sales figures, and retailers are concerned about the impact huge bargains have had on consumer psyches. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports what other factors were also involved.