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Investor Beat: Retail Bounces Back

The Commerce Department released retail sales figures today for March, which were up 1.1%, the biggest increase in 18 months. Could these...

Dividend Derby: AbbVie Vs. Pfizer

Drug companies are staples in dividend investors' portfolios thanks to their predictable demand and solid cash flow. However, many drug...

Can Marimekko's Colorful Prints Conquer America?

Marimekko is an unusual retail concept. It's not built around a product-type such as apparel or housewares, but a common material -- colorfully printed fabric -- for which it and its customers dream up a range of uses. Jackie Kennedy loved Marimekko; can it make a U.S. comeback in our time?

J.C. Penney's New Logo Aims to Convey 'Modern'

Struggling department store operator JCPenney, which last month said it would shutter five department stores, 19 outlet stores and two call centers, unveiled the most substantial change to its logo in four decades as it tries to boost sales by pitching itself as a more modern retailer.

How Hyundai Turned a Corner in the U.S.

Despite tepid industry sales last year, sister South Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia set sales records, thanks to savvy designs and sophisticated engineering. They've come a long way from their early econo-box image. Now, if they could just do as well at home.