Consumer Biz Recap: Coffee Companies STEAMING, Sears UNRELATED Business

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) CEO Muhtar Kent reports that his company will begin spending its $13 billion stockpile of cash, concentrating upon capital expenditures. Additionally, strategic bolt-on purchases might be coming, and investors might see a higher dividend payout along with share repurchases. Or, is this the buildup to fighting back against Mayor Bloomberg’s War On Sodas?

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Several coffee merchants, such as Caribou Coffee Co. (NASDAQ:CBOU), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ:GMCR), Dunkin’ Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN), Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), and Peet’s Coffee & Tea (NASDAQ:PEET), could get a big lift from a two-year period of lower commodity costs, led by Brazil’s arabica crop, which is said to be ‘extremely strong’. Since coffee companies contract for delivery well in the future, the benefits of the lower costs to profits will be understated until fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) officially introduces SearsVacations.com., in the crowded online travel space, which to some might appear to be a ‘real estate play’ to get an added hold in the tech sector following the use of Big Data, and an entry into cloud computing. Initially the site will offer over 100 vacations with a maximum price tag of $399.

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