Courtney Reagan, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

Co-dependency isn’t so healthy in a human relationship, but in trade, it’s worked well for the U.S. and Mexico.

Holiday shopping gets more cutthroat every year, and the battle lines are already forming. While a number of retailers have discussed pulling back on promotional offers in recent earnings conference calls to restore brand power and pricing, it seems no strategy is bulletproof. The holiday rush has already started. Wal-Mart began its holiday layaway program …

“Where can I get the lowest price?” should be an easy question to answer. But it’s not always so simple. Thanks to a slew of factors ranging from shipping fees, special offers linked to credit cards and price-matching guarantees, it can be difficult for shoppers to find the best possible price on an item. Making …

Retailers’ anxiety levels are rising as gridlock grinds on with contract negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and port terminal operators. It has been a long nine months for those dealing directly, or indirectly, with the lack of a West Coast port contract, and after a temporary shutdown over the weekend, retail lobby groups and consultants …

So far, so good. That’s what Coach said Tuesday about its early read on the performance of Creative Director Stuart Vevers’ first collection for its legacy brand, and for its strategy of scaling back on sales and promotions. But with Coach shares falling nearly 6 percent in trading Tuesday, investors may need more convincing. Wall …

Michael Kors stock has had a fabulous run, but investors’ opinions about whether its shares are about to go out of fashion may hinge on two questions: Has the brand maxed out its U.S. potential? And how much of a boost can it get from expanding in Europe? There is no doubt that the pace of …

Unintentional empty shelves are a retailer’s worst nightmare—and one that’s inching closer to reality with every passing hour. As the clock ticks toward midnight Monday, anxiety among retailers, manufacturers, farmers and others continues to grow. That’s when the contract between shipping companies and unionized West Coast port workers is set to expire. Failure to come …

Protecting and securing payment systems and consumer data is a never-ending task for all parties in a payment network, and it’s also a moving target. At the Electronic Transactions Association’s TRANSACT conference in Las Vegas, credit card companies, banks, payment processors, regulators and retailers all have the same fear: as soon as a new system …

Americans may not have hit the malls in droves this holiday season, but those who did, spent. According to ShopperTrak, foot traffic at the nation’s retailers fell 14.6 percent this holiday season compared to the year prior, though in-store sales rose 2.7 percent in November and December. ShopperTrak had forecast that brick-and-mortar sales would rise …

Wall Street’s retail analysts are adjusting their 2014 forecasts, and after last year’s curveballs, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many use qualifiers like “conservative” and “cautious.” Let’s face it, 2013 was a year many retailers are happy to put in the past. Although home values and equity markets rose and gas prices fell, consumers …

The Container Store’s IPO priced at the high end of its expected range at $18 per share. Shares of the retailer, which sells organization products, will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The expected range for the 12.5-million-share initial public offering was raised to $17 to $18 per share on Thursday, …

Just in time for the new iPhones, Wal-mart unveiled details about its smartphone trade-in program in the U.S.

Trying to figure out what’s cool for the back-to-school shopping season? Stop trying. These teens will break it down for you.

Saks is the latest retailer to disappoint investors, fanning fears about about how the sector will fare heading into a heavy week of earnings

Teens are shopping, but their back-to-school wish lists have changed.