Shopping Style: Trending Stories from CNBC


Here is the latest Shopping News from CNBC.

Consumer sentiment stumbles in April
Consumers are feeling less optimistic than expected so far this month, according to preliminary data released Friday.

Mars Food: Ease up on our pasta sauces
Mars Food plans to tell customers to eat its pasta sauces and mac and cheese only once a week to encourage healthier lifestyles.

How Terry Lundgren plans to end Macy’s slump
Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren says an apparel rebound is taking longer than anticipated, but he sees growth on the horizon.

Dick’s, Academy Sports eye Sports Authority assets
Academy Sports + Outdoors and Dick’s Sporting Goods have expressed interest in buying the assets of rival U.S. retailer Sports Authority.

Chipotle rises as analyst believes again
Chipotle Mexican Grill shares rose as a JP Morgan analyst turned bullish on the stock.

Burberry’s sales fall in challenging luxury market
Burberry said its second-half sales were hit by a drop in tourist spending in Continental Europe and weak demand in Hong Kong.

McDonald’s stores targeted by protests for $15/hour
Protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union will be at McDonald’s stores around the country Thursday.

US consumer prices barely rise in March
Prices rose less than expected and underlying inflation slowed, suggesting the Fed will remain cautious about raising interest rates this year.

JC Penney CEO: Outwork your peers, get ahead
Tips for success from J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison, who worked his way from part-time associate to the executive level.

Trader Joe’s dethroned as America’s favorite grocer
Trader Joe’s has been dethroned as America’s favorite grocery store. Instead, this year, another grocer took the crown.

Old Navy taps Gap executive as president
Gap said that Sonia Syngal, an executive vice president in charge of the company’s supply chain, will head up Old Navy.

Retail sales disappoint, but…
Retail sales fell short in March, yet there was some reason for optimism among certain players in the sector.

Tesco turnaround gains momentum with sales growth
U.K. supermarket Tesco announced a full-year pre-tax profit of £162 million ($230 million) on Wednesday and said the company was confident that it would continue to “rebuild profitability.”

Wal-Mart expands online grocery pickup
Wal-Mart is expanding free curbside pickup of groceries into eight new cities this month.

Amazon-busting tactic is adding up for dept. stores
Department stores are curating assortments that can’t be found — or sold for less — anywhere else.

US retail sales fall, hurt by weak auto sales
U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in March as households cut back on purchases of automobiles.

LVMH sales miss; France struggles, Asia ‘varied’
LVMH sales were slightly below forecasts by analysts polled by financial information company FactSet.

Victoria’s Secret may ‘tread water’ upon swim exit
A series of strategic changes at Victoria’s Secret are likely to cause near-term shakiness, analysts said.

Craft beer fans squeezed with hops in short supply
After a dry harvest and strong consumer demand, small brewers’ decreasing profit margins are forcing them to raise their prices.

Hey, retailers! We see right through you
As labor costs rise, many companies are leaning on cheap, lightweight fabrics as a means to cut costs and protect their margins.

This is why Ohio is becoming the e-commerce capital
Ohio is emerging as a key state for retailers looking to strategically place their warehouse fulfillment centers. CEO to take medical leave of absence on Monday announced founder and CEO Patrick M. Byrne will take a medical leave of absence. It is unknown if he will return to work.

Facebook taking shady retailers ‘very seriously’
Facebook says it will pay more attention to advertisers with “overwhelmingly unsatisfactory” products, Buzzfeed reports.

Gap shares tumble as sales miss spooks investors
Gap announced yet another monthly same-store sales decline in March.

Teen retail’s overlooked disadvantage
One analyst says teen retailers are up against an additional headwind that most other retailers don’t have to deal with.

Bottoms up! Two guys go after untapped beer market
There are thousands of craft brewers in the U.S. But that hasn’t stopped the duo behind Alementary Brewing from trying to make it big.

Retailers who filed Chapter 11—Where they are now
Here’s a list of just some of retailers that have disappeared over the few decades. Bring on the nostalgia.

US chocolatiers looking for new sweet spot
U.S. chocolate companies scramble to boost sales as Americans eat healthier snacks and turn to dark chocolates.

Pacific Sunwear files for bankruptcy protection
The company’s shares fell as much 42 percent to a record low of 5 cents in early morning trading.

New lingerie trend could lift apparel sales
The bralette, a lightweight take on the bra, is fast becoming a must-have item in young women’s wardrobes.

Victoria’s Secret owner L Brands to restructure
Victoria’s Secret owner L Brands said it would restructure its business to focus on core categories.

Masters champ Spieth steps up with Under Armour line
Jordan Spieth talks this year’s Masters, the need to step it up and the latest from his deal with Under Armour.

Starbucks knows how you like your coffee
Using consumer data, Starbucks designed its new grocery store product line to complement the way its customers order in its own stores.

IKEA brings you…VR kitchens!
The furniture giant is launching a virtual reality app to bring you inside your new kitchen before you’ve even bought it.

Wal-Mart aims to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025
Wal-Mart said it was aiming to switch to a cage-free eggs in the U.S. by 2025, joining many that have committed to stop using eggs laid by caged hens.

One woman’s unemployment sparks cult brand
In less than two years, fitness apparel brand K.Deer Haute Yoga created a fashion following that Barney’s and Lululemon are now eyeing, Racked reports.

Wedding costs reach a new all-time high
The average cost of a wedding increased for the fifth-straight year in 2015, according to The Knot.

Budget breakdown: The cost of tying the knot
It’s hard to put a price tag on eternal bliss. But if you had to, The Knot would place it somewhere in the ballpark of $33,000.

Anchor hears siren call of fruit beer
Anchor’s Pacific Siren Series includes Meyer Lemon Lager and Mango Wheat, but don’t expect the typical sweet, fruity beer.

For Wal-Mart, food stamp cutback adds new challenge
As many as 1 million low-income shoppers are about become more tightfisted with their spending, thanks to changes to SNAP.

Amazon makes big payments push to take on PayPal
Amazon has stepped up its efforts in the online payments space by expanding the reach of its product as it looks to take on PayPal.

From tech to toys: 5 recalls to watch
Several recalls were issued this week, including two recalls of children’s products.

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