Fast fashion

Runway to Retail: Big Chains Size Up Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is over, but the work is just getting started at the nation's big chain retailers. With the Web putting savvy customers instantly in the loop, those hoping to catch the fashion wave have to move fast. We asked fashion and trend directors at Macy's, J.C. Penney and Banana Republic what we'll be seeing this spring.

2 Off-the-Radar Retail Stocks Are Worth a Look

While well-known retail stocks like Wal-Mart and Best Buy get most of investors' attention, another path to investment success is to find and buy misunderstood or overlooked stocks. Ascena Retail Group and rue21 are two such stocks, relative unknowns that are performing quite well in today's difficult economic climate.

Retailers Pin Back-to-School Hopes on Exclusive Lines

The nation's big retailers are betting on exclusive lines to ring up back-to-school sales, and also targeting kids and teens where they wile away the hours -- online -- with digital campaigns designed to both entertain and stoke a social-shopping experience tailor-made for the tech-savvy generation.

Retailers in 2010: Less, but More Exclusive Stuff

If stores seem picked over this year, don't be fooled into thinking you just missed a crazy sale. It's deliberate. Retailers expect growth and profits in 2010 won't come from new stores, but rather from merchandising the existing ones to the hilt -- with less, but more exclusive merchandise.