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The Most Expensive Gift at 12 American Retailers

Want to be an extra-generous Santa in 2010? Try buying the most expensive item at each of 12 popular U.S. retailers. According to an unscientific survey by 24/7 Wall St, that would set you back nearly $15 million (thanks mainly to a visit to Tiffany).

Can Swatch Stop Costco from Selling Omega Watches?

By buying Omega watches from an overseas distributor, Costco has been able to sell them at well below the suggested retail price. Can Swatch use its copyright to stop Costco? The U.S. Supreme Court's decision could have broad implications for the so-called "gray" market.

Face-Off on Stocks: Costco, BJ's, Wal-Mart

Retail stocks tend to rise ahead of other sectors in the early stages of an economic recovery, and so far, following a familiar pattern, both up-market and discount chains have benefited at the expense of middle-market players. So is this the time to buy stock in wholesale clubs?

Costco Comparable Sales Rose 7% in August

Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) reported a 7% increase in sales at stores open at least one year in August, boosted by higher gasoline prices and stronger foreign currencies. A survey of analysts by Thomson Reuters forecast an increase of 4.2%

Alternatives to big-box shopping

So many people these days are reluctant to shop national discount stores. But if you're not interested in shopping at Walmart (policy issues) or...

Walmart plays around with pricing

Walmart's pricing on soda has been making news lately largely because anything to do with Walmart and pricing makes news. When the largest retailer...

How Many Workers Can You Hire for the Price of One CEO?

CEOs at some large public companies earn more per day than their employees earn over the course of an entire year. We took a look at some of the country's most well-known companies and calculated just how many workers the CEO's annual paycheck could afford to hire.

Consumers Cut Back on Spending in May

Retailers are reporting tepid business in May after cool weather and fresh concerns about the economy had shoppers cutting spending on clothing and other nonessentials.

Costco Earnings Surge 46%, Top Estimates

Costco Wholesale Corp.'s profit climbed 46 percent in the fiscal third quarter as sales and membership revenue both rose. The largest U.S. wholesale club operator said Thursday that it earned $306 million, or 68 cents per share. That's up from $210 million, or 48 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 12 percent to $17.78 billion.

Healthier Retail Sales, but Will It Last?

Many retailers have raised guidance for their upcoming first-quarter earnings reports and saw modest gains in April sales. But stores warn that May could be a weak month due to a late Memorial Day this year. And concerns remain over the health of consumer demand.

Consumers Took a Breather From Shopping in April

Early reports from retailers show that Americans took a breather from their March shopping spree in April, partly due to an earlier Easter. So far, discounters, including Costco, are emerging as the biggest winners.

Free sample of Lever 2000 soap

Costco is giving away free samples of Lever 2000 16-ounce bar soap. You do NOT have to be a Costco member to be eligible. Just click on the above...