Latest Stories

Latest Stories


Wal-Mart's urban strategy

Helen Palmer | Sep 28, 2006
The world's largest retailer opened its first store in Chicago yesterday, advancing a strategy to try to cash in on urban hipsters. But being the low-cost leader doesn't guarantee success, Helen Palmer reports.

Working conditions in Wal-Mart factories

Jocelyn Ford | Sep 28, 2006
Wal-Mart has issued its annual report on how the 7,200 factories it buys from in 60 countries treat workers and the environment. The increased awareness may be helping improve working conditions in China, Jocelyn Ford reports

New deal to share passenger info?

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Sep 28, 2006
Negotiators from the United States and European Union today are expected to finalize new rules under which U.S. security officials can access the passenger lists of European airlines. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Washington

No hedging: Amaranth is on the way out

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 27, 2006
There's word today that the hedge fund that bet on natural gas prices and lost $6 billion will sell off bits of its company and pay off angry investors.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Dow flirts with record high

Amy Scott | Sep 27, 2006
Investors were firmly focused today on the chance the Dow Industrials would hit a record close. Host Kai Ryssdal talked with Marketplace's Amy Scott about why it matters. . . . If it does.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Branson's burning with ideas

Sarah Gardner | Sep 27, 2006
The Virgin head says airlines could cut pollution and help in the effort against global warming if they would adopt his proposals. Sarah Gardner reports.

Latino joblessness down . . . for now

Dan Grech | Sep 27, 2006
A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows joblessness among Latinos at a record low in the second quarter. But some fear the housing slowdown could make that figure short-lived. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Economy

Rein in regulation

| Sep 27, 2006
More companies are listing on exchanges overseas instead of in America these days. Commentator Glenn Hubbard argues that we need to change laws that limit businesses' competitiveness.

Straight talk equals good business

Scott Tong | Sep 27, 2006
A new study suggests that companies that speak plainer English in their earnings reports may actually perform better. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Investing

NYC looking to trim the fat in restaurants

Lisa Napoli | Sep 27, 2006
The New York City Board of Health has unanimously agreed to push forward with a plan to severely limit the amount of artificial transfats used by restaurants. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Health, New York