Unstructured Finance

Check Out Line: Appetite grows for food deals

March 16, 2010

thistractorCheck out what we’re hearing from top executives attending our Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week.

Check Out Line: More dark clouds in retailing

May 13, 2009

sale1Check out more bad news in the retail sector.

U.S. retail sales slumped for the second straight month, coming in weaker than analysts had expected due to sluggish gasoline and electronic goods purchases. Meanwhile, U.S. foreclosure activity in April jumped to a record high, further pressuring home prices and making a recovery tougher.

Soft drink sales fizzle

March 30, 2009

Are you drinking fewer soft drinks these days?  It appears many Americans are, with the volume of carbonateUSA/d soft drinks sold in the United States down 3 percent in 2008, according to Beverage Digest.

Check Out Line: Better than expected

March 26, 2009

Check out the trifecta of profits that topped Wall Street views.

Expectations have been pretty low for the consumer and retail sector given the tough economy, cash-strapped consumers and the overall funk in the market keeping shoppers away.