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Wall Street Watch Friday: Zumiez Wipes Out

Skateboarding is all about keeping your balance and avoiding the always-embarrassing face-plant. But that's exactly what edgy teen apparel retailer Zumiez failed to do with Thursday afternoon's earnings report.

'Weak' Retail Sales? Someone Forgot to Tell Shoppers

The media's response to recent retail sales numbers showing month-to-month declines has been to bemoan our faltering economy. But when you compare sales today to a year ago, things don't look grim at all. In some cases, in fact, they look downright fantastic.

Back-to-School Shopping: Buyers Get a 'C' for Careful

Even before Hurricane Irene interrupted back-to-school shopping, the nation was cautious about spending for the new semester. A teetering economy is affecting the purchasing choices of 75% of families with school-age children, and 70% say they plan to spend the same or less as last year.

Smartphones Give Back-to-School Shoppers an Edge

Back-to-school season is the second most lucrative period of the year for the nation's retailers, behind only the winter holidays. But this year, shoppers are armed to save as never before, with smartphones outfitted with price-comparison apps. Here are some ways retailers are responding.

School Backpacks to Ease the Load and the Budget

The backpack is the key piece of gear as your kids return to school this fall. What they want is something cool that holds everything; what you want is durable and within your budget. The good news: Both of you can get what you want.

Consumers Take Break from Shopping in October

U.S. consumers put shopping on hold in October following the back-to-school season. MasterCard Advisors%u2019 SpendingPulse, a data service, showed year-on-year declines in spending on items including flat-panel TVs and major appliances, The Associated Press reported.

August Retail Sales: Expect a Mixed Bag

Despite the searing weather and a lukewarm economic recovery, major merchants are expected to report growing retail sales in their August tallies on Thursday

Back-to-School Spending: Back to Pre-Crisis Levels

Sales for this year's back-to-school season look like they're likely to surpass that of 2007 -- before the recession took hold -- according to a new survey. But don't cheer yet -- consumers still feel pressured financially and remain very cautious about spending in general.