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Victoria's Secret Busted for Undies With an Ugly Past

The Victoria's Secret chain has a secret, all right, and it's a dirty one. Its undies that are purported to be made with "fair trade" organic cotton actually utilize some unseemly labor practices in the early stages of the supply chain.

Why You Should Shop Carefully for Retail Stocks

Retail stocks surged Thursday, as June same-store sales sparked investor euphoria. The jump probably stood out even more sharply against a still-tough economy for many U.S. consumers. However, if this sudden elation has you thinking about snapping up retail shares yourself, make sure you shop with more than a little caution.

Bath & Body Works Grows to 25% of Limited's Value

Bath & Body Works is Limited Brands' second most valuable division after Victoria's Secret, representing 25% of the firm's estimated equity value. Trefis looks at how this key division is recovering from the recession, and what that could mean for the company overall.

Nine Valentine's Day Stocks to Sweeten Your Portfolio

Spending for the lovers' holiday this year is expected to climb 5.8% over 2009, and that spells opportunity for investors. Here are some greeting card, candy, jewelry, flower and restaurant stocks that could get a lift from sweethearts looking for that special something.

Scorecard: How 2010's First-Half Stock Picks Fared

Early in the year, the market appeared fraught with danger as the recession threatened to hang around. But for the intrepid, it was a welcome stage for value-hunting at depressed stock prices. Here's a look at picks that panned out well -- and not so well.

Guess Which Stocks Have Led the S&P 500 So Far This Year

As year-end nears, investors are in for a surprise about which stocks in the S&P 500 spearheaded the unexpectedly robust upswing in 2010. Hint: Cummins is the only economy-driven name in the bunch. Plus: Hints from Goldman Sachs on how 2011 could turn out.

November Sales Put Retailers in a Merry Mood

Major retailers got an early Christmas present this year: Better-than expected November sales. The nation's largest merchants posted 6% sales growth in November compared to 2009, far ahead of the 3% to 4% growth forecast by most analysts. But holiday shoppers are expected to continue their bargain hunting in December.

Retailers Prepare for an Uninspiring 2011

As retailers wrapped up their third-quarter earnings reports this week, most merchants said they're back in cost-control mode and will tighten inventories after the holidays. With shoppers still spending cautiously and costs on the rise, profit growth will have to come from squeezing more juice out of slowly rising sales.

Limited Brands to Pay Special Dividend of $3 a Share

Limited Brands (LTD), owner of retail chains including Victoria%u2019s Secret and Bath & Body Works, will pay out a special dividend of $3 a share. The company also plans to buy back $200 million of its shares, Limited Brands said in a statement.

Retail Earnings: Summer Slowdown Will Roll Into Fall

After a stronger-than-expected spring, the doldrums have hit summer harder than usual. Merchants' second-quarter reports were shot through with disappointment over the slow economic recovery and a sense that retailers will have to work hard to boost sales the rest of 2010.

Earnings Preview: Gap and Limited Brands

Wall Street is hoping profits are back in style when two specialty retailing biggies -- Victoria's Secret parent Limited Brands and Gap Inc. -- report fourth-quarter results. Both are forecast to post improved earnings after a year of maneuvering to boost profit margins despite lower sales.

German Lingerie Lifts the Veil on Muslim Women

What makes an effective lingerie ad? If you guessed a niqab, a type of veil worn by some Muslim women, kudos to you for thinking outside the box like the creators of this spot by German lingerie retailer Liaison-Dangereuse.com.

The Limited finally goes online

Mall walkers know The Limited well. For the past 45 years, the chain has graced shopping centers and currently has 225 locations across the country....