08-26-2014- Marketplace- Durable Goods Number Is Flying08/26/14
The durable goods number today came with a mixed message. They were up big, but only because Airline companies bought lots of planes. Take that number out, and things don’t look so rosy. Plus, according to data from the credit agency TransUnion, the...
08-25-2014- Marketplace- Mileys Friends Place
Burger King is looking to merge with Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons. It’s the latest chapter in Burger King’s patterned history. It’s gone in and out of private hands over the last few years and has a famously young leadership team. We...
08-22-2014- Marketplace- Emmys On Monday Not Sunday
Janet Yellen gave a big speech today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, about the uncertainty of the economy. Should we be worried? We catch up with Catherine Rampell from the Washington Post and John Carney from the Wall Street Journal to discuss the week...
08-21-2014- Marketplace- SoundCloud Adds Ads
Philadelphia plans to stop offering subsidies for school bus service for high school students who live within two miles of their school. We look at the impact of cutting out school buses on families and districts and whether those effects differ...
08-20-2014- Marketplace- Economics Of Halftime Shows
Central bankers meet in Jackson Hole this week to discuss, among other things, Central Banks. We look athow the role of the Central Bank has changed and how the job of central banker has changed since the Recession. Plus, former Obama campaign...
08-19-2014- Marketplace- Chinese Hack U.S. Hospital
Lots of police departments in the U.S. have tear gas, which they throw at disorderly civilians. But where does that tear gas come from? And how big a business is it for the companies that produce it? Plus, there’s word this week that Chinese hackers...
08-18-2014- Marketplace- Dollar Store Bidding War
There's a dollar store bidding war going on out there. We report on the extent of the competition in the market, and how these stores differentiate themselves. Plus, the Fed is paying attention to the number of part time workers, as it looks like the...
08-15-2014- Marketplace- Mini Golf Tournament
Starbucks changes some of its computer-driven scheduling policies, and we use it as a way to explain the growing phenomenon of using algorithms and big companies to schedule employes to manage labor costs — and the (negative) consequences for them —...
08-14-2014- Marketplace- Police weapons in Ferguson
Among the many striking images from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, are those of local and state police using military-style weapons and gear. But it’s not unique to this St. Louis suburb. It’s part of a trend among local law enforcement since the...
08-13-2014- Marketplace- Raising Awareness With Ice Buckets
Retail sales fell last month to their weakest reading since January, according to figures out today from the Commerce Department. So why isn’t the American consumer spending? Plus,Amazon is launching its own version of the mobile credit card reader....
08-12-2014- Marketplace- Strengthening The Kurdish Peshmerga
The European Union imposedsanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine. The Russians hit back with a raft of bans on European produce on alleged health and safety grounds. With the Russian export market cut off, many European nations are faced...
08-11-2014- Marketplace- Another Amazonian Dispute
Kinder Morgan, the alleged largest pipeline company in North America, is folding three of its separately-traded subsidiaries into its parent company. The merger will help Kinder Morgan expand its network of pipelines and position it to acquire other...
08-08-2014- Marketplace- Easing Medical Debt Burden
People with lots of unpaid medical bills could be getting a break on their credit scores. Fair IsaacCorp. says it is changing its FICO calculations to lessen the impact of medical debt that is already in collection. Median scores could rise by as much...
08-07-2014- Marketplace- USPS Debt Collectors
Following on Bank of America's $16 billion settlement with federal regulators, Mark looks at this broader question, “After five years and dozens of settlements, where are we?" We look at what reassurances homeowners, investors, and governments now...
08-06-2014- Marketplace- Creating A True Gaza Economy
Rebuilding Gaza after Israel’s attacks will cost billions. But that’s simply to restore Gaza to a prison refugee camp. What would it take to create a true Gaza economy? Plus, we look atthe calculus a consumer facing company like Walgreens makes when...
08-05-2014- Marketplace- U.S. Business Invest In Africa
The media company Gannet, which owns the newspaper USA TODAY, announced that it’s going to separate its broadcast and digital division from is publishing division. The company says this move will give the new separate companies ‘increased...
Wasnt the US going to start using the metric system?
John Bemelmans Marciano says the U.S has basically gone metric, if not officially.
08-04-2014- Marketplace- Portugal Spins Off Bad Assets
Portugal is dealing with the thorny issue of the near collapse of the Banco Espirito Santo by using the not-so-new solution of spinning off the bad assets in the bank. It's called a good bank-bad bank strategy, and we last saw it used during the...
08-01-2014- Marketplace- Auto Sales Are Zooming
What we have here is a jobs recovery without a wage recovery. We look at why more Americans are working, but average wages aren't even keeping up with inflation. Plus,Procter Gamble says it’s going to get rid of half its nearly 200 brands. How did...
07-31-14- Marketplace- Insurers On Driverless Cars
The holdout investors in the Argentina bond negotiations bought the bonds at a low price and are squeezing Argentina for a profit. Some people might say that makes the investors good businesspeople, but Argentina says it makes them vultures. We...
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