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The 5 Best Things to Buy in June

Tools, gym memberships and equipment, grills and grilling equipment, women's summer clothes and dishes are among the best buys for June.

Home Depot Lays a Foundation for Online Growth

Over the last few years, Home Depot has expanded its retail stores aggressively, adding more than 200 outlets annually. However, the firm has recently embarked on a $1.1 billion program to improve its Web presence while dramatically reducing the number of new store openings to around 10 in 2011.

Lowe's Incentive Program May Boost Its Market Share

As the competition between home improvement heavyweights Lowe's and Home Depot intensifies, customer service is emerging as one of the key features on which they will need to innovate. Lowe's latest attempt is a new incentive program for customers paying with the store's credit card.

Four Tech Stocks to Bet On as Business Reboots IT Spending

With trillions of dollars sitting in corporate coffers, the spigots of capital flowing to technology are finally opening up again. Gartner Research projects 5.1% growth in information technology spending in 2011. So which companies' stocks should you buy to take advantage?

Grading Oracle's Potential EMC Purchase

Rumors are circulating that software powerhouse Oracle may be considering a $50 billion purchase of data storage giant EMC. There are four tests for whether a merger has a chance to succeed: Does this one pass or fail?

Who Will Be IBM's Next CEO?

IBM has realigned its executive suites and expanded the roles of four of its top managers, according to an internal memo sent to employees Monday -- a move that potentially paves the way for one of them to become the successor to CEO Sam Palmisano.

June Retail Sales Forecast to Rise With the Mercury

The East Coast heat wave is warming up more than sidewalks: It's also helping retailers shake up sales. Merchants are expected to report healthy numbers when they post their June sales figures Thursday, and several could update their second-quarter guidance as a result.

What Corporate Computing Could Soon Look Like

Enterprise computing and consumer electronics are starting to converge. Special-use devices with integrated software, memory and storage are set to take off -- perhaps led by database giant Oracle, which now owns the Java programming language.

Can AMD Keep Up the Positive Momentum?

On Thursday, chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices will step into the earnings spotlight. Analysts' expectations call for a loss of 15 cents per share, compared a loss of 69 cents per share a year ago. But even if AMD beats expectations, a sell-off may be in the cards.

Stanley Works Could Build on Gains

As the nation rebuilds after a recession, it's no surprise tool maker Stanley Works stands to benefit. With its pending purchase of Black & Decker, Stanley now has even more going for it. The stock has already rallied, but its steady growth and history suggest further upside.

An Early Christmas Gift
for Retailers

The Commerce Department's monthly sales tally for November showed unexpected pockets of strength among retailers, including car dealers and online sales. Most retail categories posted higher sales, except clothing and housewares.

Tripp-Lite notebook cooler: $19.99

The Daily Deal for Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 is a Tripp Lite notebook cooler NC2004EC for 43% off that's certain to take the heat off your computing...