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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).

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.

Week in Preview: Here Come Retail Earnings

The first of the major retailers will report quarterly earnings this week. Analysts expect to see strong results from Macy's and JCPenney, but flat earnings from Kohl's. Agilent Technologies is anticipated to be one of this week's biggest earnings gainers.

Shopping Kings: The Most Powerful People in Retail

Consumers are still cautious about spending as the effects of the recession linger. But many retailers are feeling more optimistic as we head into the holiday shopping season. Here's a look at the leaders in the sector.

National Retailers Go Local to Boost the Bottom Line

Knowing customers' likes and dislikes is about as basic as it gets in retailing. But for years, chain department stores got it wrong. More concerned with profits and keeping down costs, big retailers kept a tight rein on inventories and focused more on sameness. Not anymore.

How Shopkick Aims to Kick Off a 'Geo-Retailing' Revolution

Shopkick has generated a lot of buzz recently for its smartphone app that combines location-based features with shopping. Soon, Shopkick hopes, when you walk into any of hundreds of retailers, their app will alert you to deals at that store, and reward you with 'Kickbucks' just for being there.

Week in Preview: FOMC Meeting, Retail Earnings

At the upcoming Federal Open Markets Committee meeting, some quantitative easing may be on the table, given slowing economic. Plus, what to expect for the earnings of retailers like Nordstrom and Macy's.

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.

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.

Macy's Marks Up 2010 Sales and Earnings Forecasts

Macy's didn't waste a good economic crisis last year -- it restructured, refreshed its stores and products and rebounded with what looks to be a strong first quarter, prompting management to raise performance forecasts for the year. In the works: a fashion line from superstar Madonna.